Taylor Swift urges Tennessee officials to remove statues honouring racists

Derrick Santistevan

Taylor Swift has actually advised Tennessee officials to remove 2 statues of racist historic figures in the state.

The vocalist took to Twitter on Friday, firmly insisting Edward Carmack, a “white supremacist newspaper editor”, and Confederate general-turned-Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard Nathan Bedford Forest should not be honoured as heroes.

Informing followers she is asking officials at the Capital Commission and the Tennessee Historic Commission to “consider the implications of how hurtful it would be to continue fighting for these monuments”, the Shake It Off hitmaker confesses makes her “sick” to see statues honouring “figures who did evil things”.

She accepts that changing or getting rid of statues of racists won’ t solve issues in America, however “it might bring us one small step closer to making ALL Tennesseans and visitors to our state feel safe – not just the white ones.”

Taylor composes: “We need to retroactively alter the status of people who perpetuated horrible patterns of bigotry from ‘heroes’ to ‘bad guys’. And bad guys do not should have statues.

“When you battle 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 alter history, however you can alter this.”

Swift’s tweets come less than a month after she took focus on U.S. President Donald Trump for “threatening violence” as people objected following the death of George Floyd at the hands of policeman in Minnesota.

“After stiring the fires of white supremacy and bigotry your whole presidency, you have the nerve to feign ethical supremacy prior to threatening violence?” she wrote, adding: ” We will vote you out in November.”

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