Country music singer Darius Rucker opened up about having “faced racism [his] whole life” in a poignant and heartfelt message posted to his Instagram account on June 1. The talented musician, who gained notoriety as one fourth of the rock band Hootie & The Blowfish, got very candid in his social media post this week as he urged people across the globe to “come together” to fight racism.
Rucker began his post by telling fans that “this whole thing” had made him feel broken “to the core.” The star referenced the death of George Floyd and the subsequent protests that have taken place across the U.S. and in cities around the globe. He also sent his condolences to all the families of those who have lost someone because of the color of their skin.
“As an American, a father, a son, a brother, a singer, a man… I have faced racism my whole life, from kindergarten to the life I live today,” he wrote in his lengthy message, which was in a white font written on a black background.
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“It is not a strong belief; it is a weak belief. It is not a financial issue; it is a hatred issue,” the 54-year-old continued.
The “Wagon Wheel” singer also opened up about how he once believed that racism was something he just had to put up with in his daily life.
“Over the course of my life, I guess I had just put it down to ‘that’s just the way it is.’ No, I know I had. It is no longer alright for me to perpetuate the myth that things are okay,” he said.
Rucker — who appeared as a guest on the most recent season of American Idol alongside friend and show judge Luke Bryan — shared how he wanted his three children to grow up in a better world. The star is dad to 24-year-old daughter Carolyn, 19-year-old daughter Daniella, and 15-year-old son Jack.
“I really hope that we get better as a nation,” the musician said in closing out his message. He shared his one request with his more than half a million followers, which was to “root out” the fear, hate, or division that may be inside them.
Darius’s lengthy post received a wave of love and respect from his followers, including messages from a number of his famous friends.
Fellow country singers Brad Paisley, Russell Dickerson, and Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley, as well as former One Tree Hill actor Chad Michael Murray, were among the celebrities who commented on the post with heartfelt messages of support.
Rucker’s Instagram post has received more than 17,600 likes and over 760 comments.