Taylor Swift called for her home state to remove statues that “celebrate racist historical figures”

For the second time, Taylor Swift used her voice to request action in her native Tennessee. Swift made her first political statement when she supported Democratic candidates for Tennessee in the 2016 midterm elections. Given the Black Lives Matter movement, Swift is now using social media to fight for change in their home country again. This time the singer called on the state not only to keep Confederate monuments standing for years, but also to vow to rebuild a statue that was recently torn down during a protest.
In a thread of 10 tweets on June 12, Taylor Swift directly addressed the state of Tennessee. She began by describing the story of Edward Carmack and Nathan Bedford Forrest, which she calls "contemptuous characters in our state history". Edward Carmack was a newspaper editor who published Pro Lynch editorial. Nathan Bedford Forrest was the first great wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.
Taylor Swift

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As a Tennessee, it makes me sick that there are monuments in our state that celebrate racist historical figures who have done evil things. Edward Carmack and Nathan Bedford Forrest were contemptuous figures in our state history and should be treated as such.
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After detailing both the history of Carmack and Forrest as white supremacists and slave traders, Swift found out how maintaining these statues affected and would continue to affect Tennesseans. “Mining statues won't fix centuries of systemic oppression, violence, and hatred that black people endured, but it could take us a little step closer to making ALL Tennesseans and visitors to our state feel safe - not just the white ones. "
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His statue is still standing and July 13th is "Nathan Bedford Forrest Day". Due to social pressures, the state is trying to override this and Tennesseans may no longer have to endure it. Fingers crossed.
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Removing statues won't fix centuries of systemic oppression, violence and hatred that black people suffered, but it could take us a little step closer to making ALL Tennesseans and visitors to our state feel safe - not just the whites.
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The singer also noticed the difference between "heroes" and "bad guys" and how this difference should be reflected in Tennessee - and everywhere else.
"We need to retroactively change the status of people who have maintained hideous patterns of racism from" heroes "to" bad guys ", and bad guys don't deserve statues," Swift wrote.
Taylor Swift

@ taylorswift13
June 12, 2020
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Removing statues won't fix centuries of systemic oppression, violence and hatred that black people suffered, but it could take us a little step closer to making ALL Tennesseans and visitors to our state feel safe - not just the whites.
Taylor Swift

@ taylorswift13
We need to retroactively change the status of people who have maintained hideous patterns of racism from "heroes" to "villains". And bad guys don't deserve statues.
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Swift also addressed two specific organizations: the Capitol Commission and the Tennessee Historical Commission. "I ask the Capitol Commission and the Tennessee Historical Commission to assess the impact of the continued struggle on these monuments," Swift wrote on Twitter.
In conclusion, the star wrote: “If you fight to honor racists, show black Tennesseans and all their allies where you are, and continue this cycle of injuries. You cannot change the history, but you can change it. "
Taylor Swift

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June 12, 2020
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I ask the Capitol Commission and the Tennessee Historical Commission to examine the impact of the continued struggle on these monuments.
Taylor Swift

@ taylorswift13
When you fight to honor racists, show black Tennesseans and all their allies where you are and continue this cycle of injuries. You cannot change the history, but you can change it.
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This Twitter thread is another opportunity for Swift to use their platform to stand up and express their political beliefs, hopefully to bring about change.

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