Dolly Parton: “Of course, black lives matter”

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In a broad interview with Billboard magazine, the singer touched on a variety of topics, including the anti-racism and police brutality protests that swept across the United States following the death of George Floyd.

Although she did not attend the protests, she expressed her support.

“I understand that people have to come forward, feel and see themselves,” she said. “And of course black lives matter. Do we think our little whites are the only ones who matter? No!

She also provided details on why she renamed a Civil War-themed dinner attraction at her Tennessee and Missouri theme park. In 2018, she changed the name of the Dixie Stampede to The Stampede after realizing that the term “Dixie” is associated with Confederation.

“There is such a thing as innocent ignorance, and many of us are guilty of it,” she told the magazine.

“When they said ‘Dixie’ was an offensive word, I thought, ‘Well, I don’t mean to offend anyone. It’s an affair. We’ll just call it the Stampede. »As soon as you realize that [something] is a problem, you need to solve it. Don’t be a fool **. This is where my heart is. I would never dream of hurting someone on purpose. ”

Other country groups such as Lady Antebellum and The Dixie Chicks have also changed their names this year for similar reasons. They go through Lady A and The Chicks, respectively.

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