Darius Rucker has joined SEC Network in their Call For Change.
The New Song
The rocker turned country icon recently released the song, “Beers and Sunshine.” “’Cause everybody’s down in a world gone crazy / Don’t know how to fix it but I think maybe / Turn on the good times, turn off the TV,” Rucker sings.
A portion of the song was inspired by the racism that the country is facing today. “I wrote this tune in June when it was still raw and reeling from everything that happened,” Rucker explained. “These notes, these feelings, still ring true. This whole thing just breaks me down to my core.”
What Darius Rucker Said About Racism
In a video posted by SEC Network, Rucker explained why social justice issues are so important to him and how we can change. “My heart goes out to George Floyd and his family and friends and to all those whose loved ones have been taken because of the color of their skin,” he began. “No man should die that way. I can not watch that without tears welling in my eyes and the raw feeling of pain.”
“2020 has already been heartbreaking,” he continued. “And now here we are having to again facing the truth of racism and the pain and frustration of the African American community. 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.”
“Racism is not a born thing, it is a taught thing. It is not a strong belief, it’s a weak belief. It is not a financial issue, it is a hatred issue. Over the course of my life, I guess I had put it down to that’s just the way it is. No, I know I have. It’s no longer alright for me to perpetrate to admit things are okay.”
How to Change
Rucker confessed that everyone keeps questioning if change can happen. His answer? Is yes. “We have to come together somehow y’all. The only way it will ever change is if we change people’s hearts I don’t know how we’re going to make that happen but I’m willing to try everything because we need to be better. The peaceful protestors out there are an extension of the great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Gandhi. They are protesting to be heard, take a moment and listen.
Watch the video, below.