Thomas Rhett is Speaking out About How Black Lives Matter

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Country star Thomas Rhett shares his perspective about what it’s like to be the father of a black child through #blacklivesmatter

 

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As the father of a black daughter and also two white daughters- I have struggled with what to say today. We have navigated forms of racism directly and while there is mostly overwhelming support and love for our family, sometimes there is just the opposite. Because of that fear, it can be a lot easier to choose silence, but today I’m choosing to speak. I have no clue what it feels like to be profiled by authorities, treated negatively or have my life threatened because of the color of my skin. When I witnessed the horrific murder of George and think about the mistreatment of other black men and women in America, I am heartbroken and angry. I get scared when I think about my daughters and what kind of world they will be growing up in and how my JOB as a father is to show them how to lead with love in the face of hate. To know their worth and value as not only women but human beings. I have witnessed my black band and crew members on the road struggle at times with feeling safe because of the color of their skin. This is unacceptable. I don’t believe in hate. I believe in love. What happened to George was pure hate. We are all created by the same God. I pray for a change in heart of those hearts who have been overcome by hatred and hardened. I pray for a deeper understanding for myself and awareness of the experience of mistreatment that those of another skin color go through. I pray for the families of those who have lost their lives to violence or experienced trauma at the hand of racial oppression and injustice. What can we do? I ask myself this question everyday. We each have to be part of the solution and we have to continue to educate ourselves, continue to support both financially and with service those organizations doing good work in our communities to overcome injustice and hatred in our country. And if you’re like me, continue to pray. So if there is any question on where I stand let me be clear- I stand with you, I stand with George and his family and all those who have faced racism. I stand with my wife and my daughters. We will be fighting this fight for the rest of our lives. Rest In Peace, George. We are not letting this go.

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Through a week of protests, riots, and pure frustration, Rhett speaks out about his life where he has had to not only raised two white daughters, but also a black daughter.

Rhett shares his fears, hopes, and disappointments with the world that we are living in. Relatable, isn’t it? As a father, Thomas Rhett is taking action to show us what it is like being directly impacted by the harsh brutalities of injustice and how everyone has a platform to influence the world and create a lasting impact. Peacefully, proudly and confidently.

Rhett shares parts of his faith, and how he is taking steps into moving forward, as a father, a role model, and a part of this movement. So what are you waiting for? Let’s stand alongside George Floyd, his family, and the rest of those who have been served an injustice. Thomas Rhett, thank you for your truth and your vulnerability. Together, we can be united as one community, one nation, and one world.

You too can impact make an impact. What are you waiting for?