Country music icon, Darius Rucker, has certainly opened up about his experiences with racism over the years. As a Black artist in a historically whitewashed community, success certainly came with some sideways looks. He talked about his first experience walking into a country music radio station in an interview with Rissi Palmer.
“The first time I walked into [a country radio station], nobody said they wouldn’t play [my song]. What was said was, ‘I don’t think my audience will accept a Black country singer’ … I go, ‘Wow. Really? I thought music was notes and words and chords. I didn’t know music was color. I found that out today.’”
This interview occurred on the Apple Music show, Color Me Country with Rissi Palmer.
This time, however, Darius Rucker spoke about his daughter’s experience with racism. His daughter’s experience with racism affected him much more deeply than his own experiences. His daughter, who came home from public school one day after realizing many of her “friends” were in fact racist, took several days to cope with it.
“I mean, that was a ‘stay at home a couple of days’ thing … to really deal with that,” he said, according to Taste of Country. “And there’s nobody in the world that could talk to her more on that than me.”
He is does not let such things slide anymore, though. Enough is enough.
“It’s not just okay anymore,” Rucker says. “I’m not going to just sit back and let things happen. I’m not going to compromise my life and career for someone’s hatred anymore.”