Taylor Swift called out Confederate monuments in Tennessee in a string of tweets.
“As a Tennessean, it makes me sick that there are monuments standing in our state that celebrate racist historical figures who did evil things. Edward Carmack and Nathan Bedford Forrest were DESPICABLE figures in our state history and should be treated as such,” she said.
In a series of tweets Friday, Swift details the histories of Carmack and Bedford, calling on Tennessee officials to stop “fighting for these monuments.” “Taking down statues isn’t going to fix centuries of systemic 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,” she wrote.
Taylor wants the historical figures to be classified as “villains” instead of “heroes.”