Save Me singer and multi-platinum Grammy winner Dave Matthews was spotted strolling the street of New York City with his twin daughters Grace and Stella and his masked son August as the foursome prepared to cross a busy street in Tribeca on Monday (October 15).
Dave, 45, recently opened up to CNN Entertainment about his thoughts on racism.
“When I was a kid growing up in New York, I was pretty unaware of racism. I think when we’re young — before we lose our innocence — we’re sort of unaware of the more flawed qualities of each other, ” he reveals. “And when I moved to South Africa and I spent my teen years there (under apartheid), I became acutely aware of racism because it was institutionalized, even though I was on the favored side of the line. But when I moved back to America, I was suddenly so overwhelmed by how present (it is).”
“It’s so hard for me to even acknowledge America without talking about race and recent issues — you know, the genocide of the Indians and the incredible flight from slavery to modern days,” he continues. “If you look at our society, if you look at the prisons, if you look at the poverty and which side of the line the majority of people are, we have to acknowledge how we divide ourselves up, that there’s racism alive in this country. And it’s not in the law. It’s in our minds. And that’s what we have to actively battle.”