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Taylor Swift Says Tennessee's Confederate 'Villains Don't Deserve Statues' In Powerful Twitter Thread

Taylor Swift Says Tennessee's Confederate 'Villains Don't Deserve Statues' In Powerful Twitter Thread
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Taylor Swift has been rather outspoken about politics since 2018, when she spoke out against then-candidate and now incumbent Tennessee senator Marsha Blackburn via an Instagram post.

Swift, who came out in support of #BlackLivesMatter earlier this month, took to Twitter to identify problematic statues of confederate figures in the state of Tennessee—and she went all in.

Swift began by saying that "as a Tennessean," it made her "sick" that confederate statues, glorifying a five-year-period where the self-deemed Confederate States of America entered war with the United States over slavery , were still standing around her state.

She first focused on Carmack's statue, which was toppled at the beginning of June and for which some people are calling to be replaced.

And then Nathaniel Bedford Forrest, who was the first head of the KKK during the Civil War.

Swift then refocused on the big picture.

Swift's suggestions were met with widespread support.

Swift has also publicly expressed her disdain for President Trump, who has a history of standing against the removal and destruction of Confederate statues.

Swift has taken several steps on the path to becoming an activist since 2018, and as such, has received some backlash.

Swift wrote in her first major political post against candidate Marsha Blackburn:

"I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country."
"I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent."

As the White House made some very half-hearted steps toward police reform while reinforcing that they were against removal of Confederate statues, it looks like Swift has her work cut out for her.