Taylor Swift Calls for the Toppling of Tennessee’s ‘Racist’ and ‘Evil’ Confederate Statues
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Taylor Swift has no interest in preserving and protecting statues of racist leaders. In a long Twitter thread released on Friday, the singer denounced several "racist" monuments in her home state of Tennessee.
As protests erupt across the country in support of Black Lives Matter demanding justice for black Americans murdered by the police, statues of various racist figures, most of them confederate leaders, have fallen. As a result, a debate has started on the historical importance of these monuments, as some states promise to repair and replace them, despite the violence and bigotry they represent.
"The removal of statues will not remedy the centuries of systemic oppression, violence and hatred black people suffered," Swift wrote, "but it could bring us a little closer to feeling ALL Tennesseans and visitors to our state." sure - not just the white ones. "
As a native of Tennessee, Swift wrote at the top of her thread: "It makes me sick that there are monuments in our state that celebrate racist historical figures who have done evil things."
Among these characters, she said, are Edward Carmack and Nathan Bedford Forrest.
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The Tennessee government has vowed to replace the overturned statue of white supremacist publisher and politician Edward Carmack, who wrote plays in support of lynching and incited a mob that burned the newspaper author Ida B. Wells' office, the opposing pieces Lynchen had written.
As Swift put it, Wells is "who actually deserves a hero statue for her pioneering work in journalism and civil rights". She replaced Carmack's statue and added, "It is a waste of government funds and a waste of the opportunity to do the right thing."
Bedford Forrest, Swift wrote, "was a brutal slave trader and the first great wizard of the Ku Klux Klan to massacre dozens of black Union soldiers in Memphis during the civil war." She then shared a link to a story published today by The Daily Beast about the Nathan Bedford Forrest Equestrian Statue, perhaps the most terrifying Confederate state ever.
"His statue is still standing and July 13th is" Nathan Bedford Forrest Day, "" continued Swift. “Because of social pressures, the state is trying to override this and Tennesseans may no longer have to endure it. Fingers crossed."
Swift avoided using her platform for open political purposes for years. However, it has become more open lately, especially when it comes to white supremacy. This could have something to do with the fact that some alumni have tried for years to co-opt them as a symbolic "Aryan goddess". At this point, however, Swift's views were made loud and clear.
"We need to retroactively change the status of people who have maintained hideous patterns of racism from" heroes "to" bad guys, "Swift wrote Friday. "And villains don't deserve statues. I ask the Capitol Commission and the Tennessee Historical Commission to examine the implications of how hurtful it would be to continue fighting for these monuments."
"When you fight to honor racists," she concluded, "you show black Tennesseans and all their allies where you stand and continue this cycle of injuries. You cannot change the history, but you can change it. "
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