​Artists Respond to Horrific Events in Charlottesville

Dave Matthews Band, Solange, Killer Mike, Janelle Monáe, Questlove, Lorde, Lady Gaga, Tegan and Sara, Common speak out
​Artists Respond to Horrific Events in Charlottesville
Violence erupted in Charlottesville, VA, this weekend after white nationalists descended upon the town to protest the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue. Counter-protesters showed up in droves, as well, resulting in a series of violent altercations and the eventual death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer (plus 19 others injured) when neo-Nazi James Alex Fields Jr. plowed his car into a crowd.
 
In addition to the sadness over the loss of life, the weekend's events have also spawned outrage — both at the despicable values spouted by the white supremacists and President Donald Trump's stubborn refusal to condemn them.
 
A number of artists and personalities from the music world have reacted to the horrific events, including Charlottesville natives Dave Matthews Band. See their heartfelt response, as well as a selection of others below.
 

 
 

 

 

 
 

...kinda knew this was coming (@punchdouble lol)

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Today as I saw what was going on in Charlottesville,Va., I couldn't help but feel sad, angry, and like "what is going on in America?" I had just landed from London and was thinking how good it was to be home. But then I started to think it's tough when people in your home don't want to accept you and spew out hatred and negative energy towards you and people who look like you and other people who don't look like them. I heard a pundit on the news say, "this isn't America!" BUT IT IS! This has been America since it began looking down on others (Native Americans, Black people, Latino People, Jewish People). This has always been apart of the American DNA. For sure there are other aspects to America that are beautiful, positive and the reason why I felt good when I touched down on the American soil. However, these ugly parts need to be addressed. Yes I felt like snapping today myself for a second but then I thought about my purpose and who I'm here to serve and that's GOD and The people! The movement needs GOD and Spirituality especially looking in the face of evil. GOD will allow us to respond on A GODLY Level with a Higher vibration. That doesn't mean we won't defend ourselves but I do believe that doing the work is our greatest defense. We got work to do in our communities, our homes, supporting our businesses that are for the good of people and electing local and state politicians who share in this positive vision and are down for what we believe in. And if we can figure out the best way to express Love to other human beings, hate won't have a chance! GOD Bless. Love #charlottesville

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🤷🏾‍♂️🤷🏾‍♂️ I. Need some answers

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