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Darius Rucker Calls Out Racist Twit(terer)

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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.

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.”

Rucker, though, tries to keep a healthy attitude toward comments like this, though they’re bound to bother anyone. It is 2013 — and he does have one of the most popular songs on the radio right now. And as he noted, he is indeed a proud member of the Grand Ole Opry.

“I don’t let it bother me,” he added. “It happens, and I’ve just got to let it go. It’s not like it’s holding me back from having success.”

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