Dolly Parton’s sister, Stella, has been accused of racism after a series of anti-woke tweets, including one in which she insists “white people aren’t all bad.”
The 73-year-old country singer had gained a following in recent years for her criticism of Trump’s Republicans and her views on national issues, leading some awakened Americans to believe she was one of them.
But in recent weeks, Stella has spoken out against illegal immigrants, critical race theories and the idea that police forces are inherently racist.
She later claimed her account was hacked and insisted she still believes in equal justice and respects freedoms.
Still, she said, her views are not dictated by politics, but rather by “human rights,” asking on Twitter, “What good is a career if you keep silent about crucial issues affecting our ‘free society’?”
Stella Parton, Dolly’s younger sister, has been labeled racist for a series of recent tweets
The two country music stars, Dolly and Stella Parton, are pictured in 2015
Stella began angering the awakened crowd with a tweet on Feb. 23 that seems to question the idea that police departments are inherently racist.
“Once I had a neighbor/white guy who stole mail from my mailbox and counterfeited my checks that I used to pay my monthly bills. The police did nothing. How racist is that?’ she asked.
‘It’s human rights,’ Stella insisted. “We all have rights and if someone violates your human rights, it’s a crime against you.”
She later added, “It was three white police officers who violated my human rights in my home. Does that make me a racist?’
And in another Twitter thread that day, she railed against reverse discrimination, saying, “There is also an awful lot of reverse discrimination in this country.
“It’s getting a bit much to have spent almost 74 years. on this planet and to see how far we have fallen into such ignorance and opportunism,” Stella wrote.
She commented, “Other countries are just as racist and just as crime-rich, but everyone points to America, but all people have flaws, no matter your make or model.”
And she urged her followers to “stop cherry picking and act so self-righteous.”
The singer-songwriter went on to ask, “When was the last time black people absorbed or emerged from Native Americans in this country?
“It’s all a me, me, me mentality in America,” she claimed. White people are not all bad and from my perspective I resent that accusation. Many of us believe in equality for all.’
In recent weeks, Stella has hit on illegal immigrants, critical race theories, and the idea that police departments are inherently racist
In other tweets, she addressed current events, such as the murder of Tire Nichols by police in her home state of Tennessee.
“Memphis, Tennessee had five black cops in a (special) group that beat and killed a young, innocent black boy for no reason. They lied and said he was driving recklessly.
“The total number of officers fired was seven, all black,” Stella noted. Was this a racial crime or a rampant evil m [sic]?
“Black comedians get up and make fun of using the N word, but white people can’t use it,” she continued in her tirade. “What’s it like to make things better?
“Some white people are trying to make things better, but what about a little help?” she asked. “You have a platform, use it for good.”
On February 24, Stella also denounced critical race theory and questioned the movement to tear down Confederate statues.
“Let’s talk about critical race theory being taught in schools,” she began. “I think it should definitely be taught, if there are a lot of Native Americans, Chinese Americans and Hispanic Americans involved [who] were here before our ancestors set foot on American soil.”
She then asked, “How does it work if we wipe out current history by tearing down the monuments that were heroes to some when we should be doing just the opposite and erecting more monuments of all the heroic figures in our inclusive history .
Or is it an insult to me to point this out? I’m white after all, so that invalidates my point, doesn’t it?”
She also lashed out at illegal immigrants driving without insurance, saying whites feel victimized.
“Drugs, greed, ego and more hatred in all walks of life is the problem,” Stella argued, “but let’s blame it all on white people because it must be someone’s fault.
“Nobody else dares look at themselves,” she said. “Everyone is guilty of prejudice, bigotry, misogyny, racism, ageism, elitism.
“It’s so painful to take responsibility for our own actions when it’s so much easier to blame someone else for our actions,” Stella continued. “Deflect and deflect more!”
“We are all guilty of evil, no matter how pure we think we are.”
The awakened crowd quickly denounced Stella as racist for her tweets, one of which said she has a ‘white savior complex’
The awake crowd quickly denounced Stella as racist for her tweets. with one person telling her that “reverse racism isn’t a thing.”
“Punishing black Americans for not doing enough to support those against whom white Americans have committed genocide is also an obscene act,” wrote Suzi Jackson. “So disappointed and unfollowed.”
Another Twitter user also said she started following Stella Parton because she “thought she was an ally to ALL.”
However, her recent spate of hateful, racist tweets was such a big disappointment and so uncharacteristic of her – I really hoped she had been hacked. When I realized it WAS her, I couldn’t unfollow fast enough.”
And a third said, “Stella Parton needs to crawl back into her den and be quiet. She has a white savior complex and I’m over it.”
Stella Parton and Dolly Parton attend Stella Parton’s Red Tent Women’s Conference 2014
She doubled down on her recent tweets on Thursday, saying it’s a “free society.”
Stella later claimed that her account had been hacked a few times in the past month, but she never said which tweets — apart from those featuring relationship advice — weren’t actually hers.
In a statement to the Daily beastthe country music star said her social media followers know she is a strong supporter of equality, Black Lives Matter, women’s rights, reproductive rights, religious freedoms and children.
“All of humanity is entitled to equal justice and liberty,” she said. “I always felt this way, even before I grew up in the 1960s. My mother taught us that all of humanity was equal in the eyes of the Creator.”
She went on to explain that her views were not dictated by politics, but rather by “human rights,” posting on Twitter on Thursday night: “What good is a career if you keep silent about crucial issues that affect our ‘free society’ or is “freedom and justice for all” just one big fat lie?
Does that mean only white men? Because it sure looks like it to me,” she wrote.
“The bottom line is none of us will have a career to return to if we don’t speak out about some of the terrible things that are happening in our country. We will be crouched down with our loved ones trying to survive missiles or bullets flying over our heads.”