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Sunday, 13 August 2017 09:15

Charlottesville: Dave Matthews Band, Lorde, Lady Gaga React

Written by  Daniel Kreps

Dave Matthews Band, Lorde, Lady Gaga and John Legend are among the artists to speak out against Saturday's white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia and criticize Donald Trump's refusal to condemn white supremacy by name.

Dave Matthews Band, which started in the Charlottesville music scene in the early Nineties, wrote they were "all disgusted by the acts of racist, hate-filled terrorism in our hometown this weekend."

"Like so many our hearts are broken. Our thoughts go out to the families and victims of these unbelievable acts. This is not the Charlottesville we know and love," the group continued. "This town has grown from its sometimes great but often difficult history and is marching toward an inclusive future. This murderous act and those who incited it are not what we aspire to be. We will work tirelessly, hand-in-hand with our community to help one another so we can all heal from this sickening display of horror. Hate speech disguised as free speech is cowardly and shameful. Such speech gives permission to the murderous crimes we witnessed today. There is nothing pure, acceptable, or philosophical about Nazism, or racism masked as heritage."

Dave Matthews Band concluded in the post on their website, "The multicultural tapestry that is America must come together, acknowledge our very difficult but remarkable history.

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