Taylor Swift comes out against confederate statues, calling for the permanent removal of monuments that “celebrate racist historical figures who did evil things” in her home state of Tennessee.
The increasingly politically outspoken icon is throwing her influence behind this movement, particularly pointing out two figures; Edward Carmack and Nathan Bedford Forrest.
In a string of tweets written on Friday, Swift wrote “Edward Carmack and Nathan Beford Forrest were DESPICABLE figures in our state history and should be treated as such”.
Regarding the Tennessee senator, Swift said, “Edward Carmack’s statue was sitting in the state capitol until it was torn down last week in the protests. The state of Tennessee has vowed to replace it. FYI, he was a white supremacist newspaper editor who published pro-lynching editorials and incited the arson of the office of Ida B. Wells” a pioneering black journalist.
The Twitter thread was followed up by, “Taking down statues isn’t going to fix centuries of systematic oppression, violence, and hatred that black people have had to endure but it might bring us one small step closer to making all Tennesseans and visitors to our state feel safe - not just the white ones.”
Then Swift averted her focus to the Nathan Bedford Forrest Equestrian Statue, a 25-foot monument dedicated to the Confederate general and KKK grand wizard (a title given to the head of the Ku Klux Klan).
“Nathan Bedford Forrest was a brutal slave trader and the first grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan who, during the Civil War, massacred dozens of black Union soldiers in Memphis. [...] His statue is still standing and July 13th is ‘Nathan Bedford Forrest Day.’ Due to the social pressure, the state is trying to overrule this, and Tennesseans might no longer have to stomach it. Fingers crossed.”
To see more of the article shared by Taylor Swift, ‘The Most Hideous Confederate Statue by the Man Who Defended MLK’s Killer’.