Our country is in a fierce debate about…well, everything right now.
In the wake of George Floyd’s murder and the protests for racial justice that have followed, protesters have been demanding that cities and states remove statues related to the confederacy (in some cases even toppling the statues themselves). Here in Tennessee, calls have grown for governor Bill Lee to remove a bust of confederate general Nathan Bedford Forrest from the state capitol. And one petition gaining steam is calling for another famous bust to replace him.
A Change.org petition is asking the state of Tennessee to replace all confederate statues with statues of Dolly Parton instead. Citing Dolly’s work in providing books to children through her Imagination Library, as well as the millions of dollars she’s donated to COVID-19 research, the petition argues that “Dolly Parton has given more to this country and this state than those confederate officers could ever have hoped to take away.”
Can’t say I disagree with that. So could Dolly Parton finally be the answer that solves the debate around confederate statues?
Well, probably not. People can’t agree on anything these days, even somebody as beloved as Dolly Parton. But so far, almost 15,000 people have signed the petition – and Senator Ted Cruz is even on board with the plan.
Now this seems worthwhile: replace statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest—former delegate to 1860 Democrat National Convention, vicious slave trader & the founder of the KKK—with the great Dolly Parton. A win-win! https://t.co/PKGiBVXS8Z
Dolly has proven time and time again to be the one person who can unite all sides of a debate – Democrat or Republican, gay or straight, black or white, everybody loves Dolly Parton. So could Dolly’s bust come through once again when we need her the most?
And if you still need convincing, this guy makes a pretty good argument.
Plus a Dolly Parton statue would provide plenty of shade.