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Published: 2017/08/13

Dave Matthews Band Issue Statement on Events in Charlottesville

Dave Matthews Band issued a lengthy statement following the tragic events in their hometown of Charlottesville yesterday, where a white nationalism protest ignited violence across the town, leading to the death of one citizen and numerous others injured.

The band said they are “heartbroken and disgusted by the acts of racism, violence and domestic terrorism” that took place in their hometown over the weekend, yet another instance of white nationalism in the Virginia town.

Back in June, Miller’s (the bar where DMB got their start) came under criticism for allegedly serving members of the alt-right group after an incident occurred outside the establishment following a protest from the group over the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee.

The band continued: “This is not the Charlottesville we know and love; we will work hard, hand-in-hand with our community to help us all heal from the sickening display of hate.”

Read the full statement below.

Dave Matthews Band is heartbroken and disgusted by the acts of racism, violence, and domestic terrorism in our hometown this weekend. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families of these hateful acts. This is not the Charlottesville we know and love; we will work hard, hand-in-hand with our community to help us all heal from this sickening display of hate. Hate speech disguised as free speech is cowardly and shameful. Such speech gives permission to the hateful acts we witnessed today; there is nothing pure or acceptable, or philosophical about Nazism and racism masked as heritage or cultural purity. The multicultural tapestry of America need to come together, acknowledge our difficult history and set out to move directly away from it toward an inclusive, kinder, more intelligent future.

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