Taylor Swift has backed calls for the removal of confederate monuments in America, saying she feels “sick” knowing that there are statues celebrating “evil” and “racist” historical figures still standing.

Swift has been particularly outspoken recently, slamming President Donald Trump’s recent threats of military violence towards protestors and, more recently, calling out systematic racism embedded in the US Government.

There are hundreds of confederate statues still standing across the US, which were first erected in states like South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Tennessee and more to preserve the institution of slavery which they largely depended on to build their economies.

As Black Lives Matter protests continue both in the US and abroad, Swift has taken aim at the remaining statues, especially in her home state.

“As a Tennessean, it makes me sick that there are monuments standing in our state that celebrate racist historical figures who did evil things,” she wrote, in the first of a long thread of tweets. “Edward Carmack and Nathan Bedford Forrest were DESPICABLE figures in our state history and should be treated as such.”

Carmack was a white supremacist newspaper editor who published pro-lynching editorials, while Forrest was the first grand wizard of the Klu Klux Klan.

Swift then took aim at those who want to replace status that have been taken down already, calling it a “waste of an opportunity to do the right thing.

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“Taking down statues isn’t going to fix centuries of systemic oppression, violence and hatred that black people have had to endure but it might bring us one small step closer to making ALL Tennesseans and visitors to our state feel safe – not just the white ones,” she added.

She ended the thread by imploring the Capitol Commission and the Tennessee Historial Commission to stop fighting for the monuments to stay.

“When you fight to honor racists, you show black Tennesseans and all of their allies where you stand, and you continue this cycle of hurt. You can’t change history, but you can change this.”

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