While the Dave Matthews Band is in the middle of a lengthy hiatus, the band collectively issued a statement about the violence that has broken out in their hometown of Charlottesville that led the Governor of Virginia to declare an emergency. CNN reports one person was killed and 19 have been injured at a white nationalist rally in the Virginia city. The DMB was formed in Charlottesvile 26 years ago and the group’s management is still based there.
Read the note posted on the Dave Matthews Band’s Facebook page:
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.
The Chris Robinson Brotherhood was scheduled to perform in Charlottesville tonight and have postponed the show due to the civil unrest.