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Darius Rucker Gets Racist Tweet

It all started with some people criticizing Darius Rucker for covering the Bob Dylan (and Ketch Secor) song “Wagon Wheel,” a tune that gained some popularity when Old Crow Medicine Show released it in 2004.

That escalated into this post Sunday (May 19) on Twitter from someone identified as pqkullman, whose profile wasn’t coming up Monday:

“@dariusrucker Leave country to the white folk”

And that set Darius off.

“WOW,” he replied at first, “is this 2013 or 1913[?]”

Darius’ next post: “Ill take my grand ole Opry membership and leave your racism. Wow.”

And his final thoughts late Sunday night:

Darius also responded to the matter in a May 21 story on rollingstone.com. “I was absolutely shocked,” he told reporter Beville Dunkerley. “Sometimes people will say, ‘You’re not country,’ and I know what that means, because they can’t be talking about the music. But when somebody says to leave country music to the white folks, that is unbelievable to me. . . . But that’s life. That’s something that I’m going to have to deal with the rest of my career, because I’m a black guy in country music and there are people who don’t like that. But it’s not going to make me quit.”

And that’s a good thing, considering Darius’ third solo country album, True Believers—which includes “Wagon Wheel”—just hit stores on May 21.

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