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Taylor Swift asks to remove ‘racist historical figures’ statues in Tennessee


Muhammad UsmanMultimedia Journalist

13th Jun, 2020. 11:41 am
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The Shake It Off singer asked her home state of Tennessee’s lawmaker to remove all public statues of ‘racist historical figure’ and ‘ white supremacists’.

The American singer’s statement came after statues around the world have taken off by demonstrators and protests following the death of African-American George Floyd.

Swift uploaded a lengthy post, which has addressed the Capital Commission and Tennessee Historical Commission asking them,

“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. “

The Grammy winner continued to say that it makes her “sick” see the monuments that “celebrate racist historical figures who did evil things,” name dropping “despicable figures” like “white supremacist newspaper editor” Edward Carmack and slave trader-turned-KKK Grand Wizard Nathan Bedford Forrest.

“We need to retroactively change the status of people who perpetuated hideous patterns of racism from heroes to villains. And villains don’t deserve statues.”

Protesters in both the US and UK are taking off statues of controversial historical figures throughout the month of June, most recently in Camden, New Jersey, where a figure of Christopher Columbus was removed.

 

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