Charlie Daniels Defends Telling College Kids to "Spend a Year Picking Cotton"

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"The Devil Went Down to Georgia" singer responds to accusations of racism behind his Twitter suggestion.

Charlie Daniels says there is nothing racist about a comment he made Tuesday over social media about college kids and picking cotton.

"There are some kids in college who should spend a year picking cotton," the 79-year-old country musician tweeted.

The comment was met with immediate backlash as numerous people accused the "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" singer of being racist. 

On Wednesday morning, Daniels responded to his more than 244,600 Twitter followers.

"To folks who look for a racist comment in every sentence I picked cotton myself Learned a lot about life from manual labor You should try it," he tweeted

Last month, it was announced Daniels, along with Randy Travis and Fred Foster, will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum this fall.