Darius Rucker Responds To Racist Tweet

05/24/2013
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(Radio.com) With the release this past Tuesday of his third country album True Believers, and the continuing rise of his current single "Wagon Wheel" at country radio, Darius Rucker has been having a fantastic week.

This week's only visible blip, it seems, has been a comment Rucker received on Twitter. It wasn't just any old rant from a disgruntled fan it was overtly racist, saying, "Leave country to the white folk."

Darius chose to reply and bring the issue to light. He tweeted, "'@pqkullman: @dariusrucker Leave country to the white folk'. Ill take my grand ole Opry membership and leave your racism. Wow"

As Rucker told USA Today, this kind of thing luckily "doesn't happen often." He adds that he wouldn't necessarily have taken the bait, except that when he checked out the person's account, he found he wasn't the only person being attacked (the account has since been deleted and re-registered). And besides, Rucker should not need to justify why he called out someone who was attempting to spread such bigoted stereotypes.

"I don't know who it was some kid thinking he was cool, I guess," Rucker said. "I read a couple of his tweets and was like, 'This guy's a real racist; he ain't kidding.'" And so he concluded, "I have to expose this idiot." more on this story

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