Dolly Parton was voicing her thoughts.
The legendary country star recently spoke to Billboard about racial tensions in the United States and around the world, and voiced his support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
“I understand people have to make themselves known and felt and seen,” Parton said when asked about the protests. “And of course, the lives of black people are very important. Do we think our little white shirt is the only thing that matters? Is not!”
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Also discussed is the decision in 2018 to rename the famous Dollywood dinner attraction formerly known as Dixie Stampede, now simply referred to as Dolly Parton̵7;s Stampede.
The change was made when singer “Jolene” noted that the word “dixie” was insulting.
“Dixie” is a term associated with the southern United States in the period before slavery was abolished.
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According to The Atlantic, the term was popularized by musician Danielmett, a star of minstrel shows, considered by many to be racially inappropriate, before becoming synonymous with time. and area.
“There’s such a thing as innocent ignorance, and a lot of us are to blame for it,” Parton said. “When they said ‘Dixie’ was an insulting word, I thought, ‘Well, I don’t want to offend anyone. This is a business. We’ll just call it Stampede. ”
She supports action when you know or realize that something is wrong.
“As soon as you realize that [something] is a problem, you should fix it, “
Parton said. “Don’t be a fool–. That’s where my heart is. I’ll never dream of hurting anyone on purpose.”
Two years after Parton dropped the term from her appeal, country bands Lady Antebellum and The Dixie Chicks followed suit.
Now known as Lady A and The Chicks, both bands have announced their name changes this summer.
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Since then, The Chicks seems to have avoided any controversy, but Lady A has filed a lawsuit to secure the right to the name against Anita White, a blues singer who has used the moniker for decades. .