Kip Moore Asks Fans to ‘End This Vicious Cycle of Violence’ and Racism
Following the recent race-related violence in the United States, Kip Moore is speaking out, calling on his fans to "be the change" and put an end to the violence and racism plaguing the U.S.
On Monday (July 11), Moore shared on his Facebook page a short video that shows young children of different races playing together in a park as Moore and friends Damien Horne (from the Farm) Tyrone Carreker (Sam Hunt‘s guitarist) play basketball.
“It’s a beautiful thing how, when kids are born, they don’t see color, they don’t feel hate,” Moore says while sitting on a park bench with Horne and Carreker. “It’s a really sad thing that we teach ’em how to do both.”
The video is accompanied by a note from Moore, in which he reflects on his upbringing and how he was "taught to love, plain and simple."
"I had a mom and dad who would've kicked my a-- if I used a derogatory term to describe another person of color. As I got older, I looked around, realizing what a rare thing that was," Moore continues. "I grew up in south Georgia, where there was a lot of oppression and stereotypes. Don't get me wrong ... there were a lot of good people, but that's just the truth. There was hate from both sides. People were raised to dislike me for the color of my skin, and some of the white kids were taught to dislike others for the color of their skin."
Moore goes on to call racism "a poisonous cycle" that "may never end, but I sure pray it does."
"Loving each other and taking care of one another seems like such a simple task yet has never seemed so out of reach," Moore muses, before addressing more directly the recent killings of two Black men, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, by police in Louisiana and Minnesota, respectively, as well as the sniper who attacked police at a rally in Dallas responding to those events:
I'm well aware that "some" officers over the years have abused their authority and caused an extreme strain of trust among certain communities, BUT I also believe that the majority of our officers (my brother included) want to protect all races and fight for what's right everyday. I know his heart, and I know he's not the only one. The media will always pit us against each other. They know race will always drive ratings ... There are many peaceful protests happening all over, but that's not what you're gonna see. You'll only see the shooting over and over ... I hope we can all look at ourselves in the mirror and end this vicious cycle. I pray we teach our kids to simply love and let the hate die with those holding onto it.
Moore is not the only country star who has made his opinions on the topics of racism and violence known in recent days: On Friday (July 8), Florida Georgia Line shared a snippet of “Music Is Healing,” which will appear on their upcoming new album, Dig Your Roots; “Stop the bleeding, get back to believing / Love is the answer, and music is healing,” are just some of the lyrics to that tune. Additionally, Maren Morris shared an unreleased demo, “Dear Hate,” with an appropriate message: “You whisper down through history / And echo through these halls,” Morris sings, before adding, “But I hate to tell you, love is gonna conquer all …”