Many of country music’s biggest stars took to social media to share their anger and concerns after a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va. turned violent over the weekend.
The “Unite the Right” rally on Aug. 11 was organized to protest the removal of a statue depicting Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Images of attendees marching across the University of Virginia campus with torches in hand soon spread across the Internet and television media. The protestors, who gave Nazi salutes and shouted hateful chants, returned the following day and were met by a large crowd of counter-protesters.
That afternoon, 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr was arrested after he rammed his car into the counter-protestors. 32-year-old Heather Heyer died and 19 others were injured during the attack. Fields Jr is currently facing charges of second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and one count of hit and run. The incident has been described as a domestic terrorist incident and is now under investigation by the FBI.
In the wake of these disturbing events, country stars like Tim McGraw, Kacey Musgraves, Brothers Osborne and more quickly denounced the rally and subsequent attack.