Kacey Musgraves Jumps Into Confederate Statues Debate on Twitter
Kacey Musgraves has weighed in on the debate over Confederate statues and monuments, engaging in active discourse on Twitter.
Musgraves was one of the first country artists to weigh in on the white supremacist "Unite the Right" rally that took place in Charlottesville, Va., last Saturday (Aug. 12) to protest the planned removal of a Confederate statue, turning to Twitter right after viewing the footage of the car that ran into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing Heather Heyer.
"Bawling watching this," she wrote, adding, "It's so excruciating to see such evil abandon for the human kind. STOP F--KING KILLNG PEOPLE."
On Thursday (Aug. 17), after debates over whether Confederate statues should be removed from public spaces dominated much of the news cycle all week, Musgraves again turned to Twitter to post, "Lets swap confederate statues in USA w/ statues of MLK, Harriet Tubman, Anne Frank, Native Americans + others who have fought for freedom."
She responded to one fan who thanked her for making people of diverse races and backgrounds feel included in country music, writing, "The good kind of country music (and any music) should wrap its arms around anyone that feels it in their heart."
Most of the posts pro and con in response to Musgraves' thoughts were reasoned and thoughtful, but the "Follow Your Arrow" singer also engaged with one Twitter user who suggested that she should "switch over to pop" with that attitude by coolly shutting him down.
Musgraves also shared a clip of herself in a T-shirt with "Musgraves" spelled out over a rainbow, and another with a white hand clasping a black hand, emblazoned with the blunt message, "F--k racism."
In an interview with NewsMax TV, Charlie Daniels came down firmly on the other side of the Confederate status debate, saying removing them is "just what ISIS is doing over there in places … there were pieces of history that they didn’t like, so they’re taking them down."
Daniels echoed the sentiments President Trump expressed in a controversial press conference following the violence in Charlottesville that drew widespread criticism, saying, “What’s it go to? Where does it stop? Is it gonna be Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, or are we headed into Jefferson and Washington, who were both slave owners."
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