Country music star Kane Brown just spoke out to open up about how he is struggling in the current climate as a biracial man who also supports the police.
The 26-year-old, whose mother is white and father is black, explained in a new interview that his goal in the wake of the death of George Floyd back in May has been to unify people as much as possible.
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“I’m trying to bring everybody together, and they want me to pick a side,” Brown told HITS Daily Double. “I even get pushed from one side to the other. I’m both, and both push back. So I try to understand and see each without losing the other.”
The singer went on to explain that his daughter often gets dragged into the debate about how the Black community is policed in the United States.
“2020’s been tough in general. I’m glad my daughter doesn’t know what’s going on, and she’s not going to remember,” Brown explained. “Having a biracial daughter, I have a lot of people coming at me, asking, ‘How are you going to explain to her when she’s pulled over?’ and ‘What are you going to tell her about the difference between her and her white friends?’”
He went on to say that despite the fact that many people pressure him to denounce the police, he knows that not all cops are bad.
“There are people who think all cops are bad, but I know that’s not true. Those kids who were bullied in high school, the ones who get this power trip with a badge, they’re out there. They let the power go to their heads; they bully people, but that’s not all cops,” Brown said. “I know if I get stopped, I need to put my hands out the window so they can see I don’t have a weapon. You have to be real careful about how you speak because you don’t know who’s walking up to the car; you don’t know what they’re scared of or acting out of.”
In the end, Brown said that people just need to listen to one another more.
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“We will never find peace until everybody understands,” he explained. “You need to have understanding, not just people yelling at each other, wanting to be right. Then no one wins, and people just get angrier on both sides. If everybody was just trying to find common ground, to understand where the other was coming from, what their fears are, that seems a much better way to find a solution.”
This piece originally appeared in UpliftingToday.com and is used by permission.
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