Thomas Rhett and Wife Speak Out Against Racism!!! Amid nationwide unrest following the death of George Floyd, Thomas Rhettand Lauren Akins have spoken out against racism with their daughters in mind.
On Sunday, the Grammy-nominated country star and his wife of nearly eight years took to social media with statements expressing both their uncertainty with what to say and also their desire to speak up. The couple are parents to three daughters: Willa Gray, 4, who they adopted from Uganda, Ada James, 2, and Lennon Love, 3 months.
“As the father of a black daughter and also two white daughters- I have struggled with what to say today,” the performer began. “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.”
Thomas addressed his own experience, writing, “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.”
He also reflected on his family, noting, “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,” he shared. “This is unacceptable.”
“I don’t believe in hate. I believe in love. What happened to George was pure hate,” the star continued. “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.”
As the singer concluded his message, he posed a question: “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.”
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Thomas Rhett and Wife Speak Out Against Racism!! Thomas Rhett and Wife Speak Out Against Racism