Kacey Musgraves Weighs in on Debate Over Confederate Statues
Kacey Musgraves is sharing her opinions on the debate over the removal of Confederate statues and monuments. On Twitter, the singer shared her own thoughts, and responded to both her supporters and detractors.
"Lets swap confederate statues in USA w/ statues of MLK, Harriet Tubman, Anne Frank, Native Americans + others who have fought for freedom," Musgraves wrote on Twitter on Thursday (Aug. 17). She followed up after one fan thanked her for helping fans of different races and backgrounds feel as though they can be part of the country music community, but she also made sure to tell off one particular Twitter user who told her to "switch over to pop" because of her views.
"The good kind of country music (and any music) should wrap its arms around anyone that feels it in their heart," Musgraves writes in one of her responses.
On Aug. 12 in Charlottesville, Va., white supremacists, white nationalists, Ku Klux Klan members and neo-Nazis rallied to protest the planned removal of a Confederate monument. Counter-protesters also assembled, and one of them, 32-year-old Heather Heyer, was killed when one of the white supremacists drove a car into the group. The New York Times reports that Confederate statues have now been removed in Baltimore, Md.; New Orleans, La.; Jacksonville, Fla.; and elsewhere.
Musgraves was among the country artists to denounce that "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville: That afternoon, on Twitter, she wrote, “It’s so excruciating to see such evil abandon for the human kind. STOP F--KING KILLNG PEOPLE.” On Friday (Aug. 18), Musgraves shared an image of two hands, one white and one black, clasped together, with the words “F–k racism" above them.
Json Isbell, Margo Price, Maren Morris, the Brothers Osborne and more also condemned the Charlottesville gathering; Kip Moore was especially vocal, urging his fans and followers to spread kindness and take care of each other and sharing his thoughts on growing up in Georgia and seeing racism spread. Additionally, after watching a speech given by Heyer’s mother, Blake Shelton urged his fans and followers to listen to her words.
Also among those who have responded to the protest are Johnny Cash’s children. After images of a neo-Nazi wearing one of their father’s T-shirts spread around the internet, the Cashes penned an open letter, saying that they “were sickened by the association” and calling for “the Cash name [to] be kept far away from destructive and hateful ideology." In addition, Charlie Daniels recently appeared on a TV news program to share his thoughts on the removal of Confederate statues.
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