Chris Stapleton is clear on his stance on racial justice: Black lives "absolutely" matter.
Chatting with CBS This Morning, the 42-year-old opened up about his shifting perspective on race in America and how he was moved by the movement for racial justice following the police killing of George Floyd.
"There's a very broad awakening that's come about," the "Tennessee Whiskey" singer said. "It's time for me to listen. It's time for other folks to listen."
"I thought we were living in a different country," he adds. "That's 100% real. The country that I thought we were living in was a myth."
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Stapleton added that society as a whole has "a lot of work to do." "And if you don't think that, I think you're not looking," he said.
After being asked if he supports the Black Lives Matter movement, Stapleton responded without hesitation: "Do I think Black lives matter? Absolutely. I don't know how you can think they don't."
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"Of course Black lives matter. Do we think our little white asses are the only ones that matter? No!" said the country music icon
The country star also revealed that a song titled "Watch You Burn" on his forthcoming album details his reaction to the 2017 mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas, where 59 were killed.
"Only a coward would pick up a gun to shoot up a crowd trying to have fun," he sings on the powerful track, which he describes as "therapeutic."
"It conveys a sentiment of let's cut that evil s— out," he said about the track. "It's a plea in some ways."
Stapleton released the title track of his album "Starting Over" earlier this month. Starting Over drops Nov. 13.