Taylor Swift is on a crusade for equality these days — and we’re not mad!
The singer took to social media to call on her home state of Tennessee to remove statues and monuments dedicated to those who commited racist acts.
Taylor’s first salvo took aim at Carmack’s statue, which was sitting inside the state Capitol in Nashville until last week, when Black Lives Matter protesters tore it down.
Tennessee has vowed to replace the toppled statue — it’s part of state law — but Taylor says it’s a waste of state funds and missed opportunity to do the right thing.
Carmack was a state lawmaker and newspaper publisher in the early 1900s, who published editorials against Ida B. Wells. Taylor says he was also a white supremacist.
Next, Taylor turned her ire to NBF — the Ku Klux Klan’s first grand wizard and a confederate general.
Taylor calls his statue, which is still standing, a “monstrosity.” She says she’s tired of stomaching ‘Nathan Bedford Forrest Day’ in Tennessee, which until now was observed in the state each July 13.
But, Taylor isn’t stopping at just toppling statues … she says that alone won’t “fix centuries of systemic oppression, violence and hatred that black people have had to endure.”
Taylor says statues honoring folks who “perpetuated hideous patterns of racism” should be retroactively changed from heroes to villains and removed … because “villains don’t deserve statues.”
Taylor’s imploring the Capitol Commission and Tennessee Historical Commission to stop fighting to preserve these monuments.
Bottom line for Taylor … “When you fight to honor racists, you show black Tennesseans and all of their allies where you stand, and you continue this cycle of hurt.”
Let’s not stop with Tennessee — all statues dedicated to racists in every state need to go!
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I’m asking the Capitol Commission and the Tennessee Historical Commission to please consider the implications of how hurtful it would be to continue fighting for these monuments. When you fight to honor racists, you show black Tennesseans and all of their allies where you stand, and you continue this cycle of hurt. You can’t change history, but you can change this. ?