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Dolly Parton Expresses her Support of the Black Lives Matter

Dolly Parton  Expresses her Support of the Black Lives Matter

Dolly Parton, the country-music legend has expressed her support of the Black Lives Matter movement in light of recent protests over the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and other unarmed black people.

In a new interview with Billboard, Parton says she is “unequivocal in her support” of protesters within the Black Lives Matter movement.

“I understand people having to make themselves known and felt and seen,” Parton says. “And of course black lives matter. Do we think our little white asses are the only ones that matter? No!”

The article also references Parton’s 2018 decision to rename her Dixie Stampede dinner attraction as Dolly Parton’s Stampede, due to the racist connotations of the word “Dixie” and its association with the Confederacy, as well as the Dollywood Co.’s plans to expand to an international market. The name change predates similar ones from the country trio Lady A (formerly Lady Antebellum) and the Chicks (formerly the Dixie Chicks) that occurred two years later as a response to the Black Lives Matter protests.

"I understand people having to make themselves known and felt and seen," she said. "And of course Black lives matter. Do we think our little White a**es are the only ones that matter? No!"

She also provided details on why she renamed a Civil War-themed dinner attraction in her theme park in Tennessee and Missouri. 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.

"There's such a thing as innocent ignorance, and so many of us are guilty of that," she told the magazine.

"When they said 'Dixie' was an offensive word, I thought, 'Well, I don't want to offend anybody. This is a business. We'll just call it The Stampede.' As soon as you realize that [something] is a problem, you should fix it. Don't be a dumba**. That's where my heart is. I would never dream of hurting anybody on purpose."

While she has not attended the protests, she voiced her support.

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