Tyler Childers has urged to his “white rural listeners” to empathize with black victims of police brutality.
Childers released his new album Long Violent History on Friday, September 18, with the record featuring a title track about racial injustice.
The album arrives with a six-minute video message from Childers, in which he directly urges his fans to empathize with black victims.
“Long Violent History is a collection of instrumental pieces intended to create a sonic soundscape for the listener to set the tone to reflect on the last track, which is my own observational piece on the times we are in,” Childers explains about the project’s main track in the six-minute video.
“We’ve all witnessed violent acts of police brutality happen around the nation that have gone unaddressed. In response, we’ve seen protests turn to riots, and riots culminate into acts of violence and destruction of property. From the outsider’s perspective, it’s hard to see where all this visceral anger is coming from,” the country singer-songwriter said. “What I believe to be one of the biggest obstacles in pinpointing the cause of this is our inability to empathize with another individual or group’s plight.”
“So what can the rest of us who feel seemingly outside of these issues do?” Childers added. “We can stop being so taken aback by Black Lives Matter. If we didn’t need to be reminded, there would be justice for Breonna Taylor, a Kentuckian like me, and countless others.”
Childers also noted that 100% of the album’s net proceeds will go toward the Hickman Holler Appalachian Relief Fund, which supports underserved communities in the Appalachian region.
(Photo: David McClister)
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