Music superstar Darius Rucker recently opened up about racism in country music on fellow country artist Rissi Palmer’s podcast, “Color Me Country.” The Hootie and the Blowfish singer talked about growing up in Charleston, South Carolina, and learned that when he saw racism, he was just told that’s the way it is. But his viewpoints have since evolved. “I’m not going to compromise my life and career for someone’s hatred,” he said on the podcast, which aired Sunday.

Rucker expanded with Palmer on comments he made earlier this summer to the “Today” show. “One sentence can end your career in country music,” he said earlier this summer, referencing the Dixie Chicks (now The Chicks) speaking out against former President George W. Bush. He said that racism doesn’t go away just because he’s a rich Black man.

And he made that clear on social media this past summer. Rucker posted on Instagram after the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck, igniting a new wave of protests and a national reckoning on race.

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