Taylor Swift is embracing her new role as an anti-racism campaigner. The mega-pop star’s latest tweets call out systemic racial injustice and urge her followers to use their power at the ballot box.
Swift’s first tweets in over a week initially brought attention to the need for mail-in voting at the 2020 US election. The presidential election – a showdown between Donald Trump and Joe Biden – is due to take place on Tuesday, November 3rd. However, given the country has failed to curb the spread of COVID-19, voting could be risky for large numbers of the voting populace.
“No one should have to choose between their health and having their voice heard,” wrote Swift, while sharing a link to the Vote.org web page. Voters are able apply for mail-in ballots through the website, but President Trump has been doing his best to pour cold water on the idea. On May 26th, the President tweeted that there is “NO WAY (ZERO!) that Mail-In Ballots will be anything less than substantially fraudulent.”
Swift then linked to an article written by Barack Obama on Medium. The article, “How to Make this Moment the Turning Point for Real Change“, explains how policy changes at state and local level are needed if there’s to be real progress in the fight against inequality.
Swift’s next tweet was a blunt summation of what needs to be done. “Racial injustice has been ingrained deeply into local and state governments, and changes MUST be made there,” she wrote. “In order for policies to change, we need to elect people who will fight against police brutality and racism of any kind.”
Swift last tweeted on May 30th, when she accused Trump of “stoking the fires of white supremacy and racism.” The tweet gathered more than a million likes in fewer than five hours, making it Swift’s most-like tweet ever.