Dolly Parton on BLM: "Of course Black lives matter"

Brunilde Fioravanti
Agosto 16, 2020

During a recent interview with Billboard, the Jolene crooner, 74, spoke about the country's deep-rooted problem with racism and some individual's inability of recognizing the wrongs and making necessary amendments to their views.

Parton said she has not attended protests, but added Christian people should not judge one another.

The singer expressed those views in a most Dolly-esque way, saying this in a Billboard cover story that dropped Thursday: "I understand people having to make themselves known and felt and seen", she said in reference to the protests that sprung up after the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor at the hands of police.

In a rare political statement, Dolly Parton is speaking out in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

"Of course Black lives matter", Parton says. Do we think our little white asses are the only ones that matter?

Soon after that, bands like The Dixie Chicks rebranded as The Chicks over the word Dixie's connections to the Civil War South. In 2018, she changed the name of the Dixie Stampede to The Stampede after she became aware that the term "Dixie" is associated with the Confederacy. "When they said "Dixie" was an offensive word, I thought, 'Well, I don't want to offend anybody".

As the Grammy Hall of Famer explained to Billboard, she's continued to keep a non-judgmental stance during an especially politically divisive time. "I would never dream of hurting anybody on goal". God is the judge, not us. "I try to let everybody else be themselves".

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