Dolly Parton Talks Black Lives Matter, Says ‘Do We Think Our Little White Asses Are The Only Ones That Matter?’

By Tonja Renee Stidhum

Sometimes you just need some­one to put it plain. Enter coun­try leg­end, Dolly Parton.

In a recent cov­er sto­ry inter­view with Billboard, Parton dis­cussed her life dur­ing the glob­al pan­dem­ic, the pos­si­bil­i­ty of sell­ing her pub­lish­ing, and she even opened up about the impor­tance of mak­ing sure her estate is in order. The stand­out part of the inter­view, how­ev­er, involved three words: Black Lives Matter.

I’m not out here to tell you what to do, I don’t want you to tell me what to do. But, I just do what my heart tells me to do,” Parton told Billboard. “I ask God to direct me and lead me and if I got his direc­tion, then I don’t have to wor­ry too much about any­thing else. I under­stand peo­ple hav­ing to make them­selves known and felt and seen. And of course, Black lives mat­ter. Do we think our lit­tle white ass­es are the only ones that mat­ter? No!”

First of all, I’m not a judg­men­tal per­son. I do believe we all have a right to be exact­ly who we are, and it is not my place to judge,” she added. “All these good Christian peo­ple that are sup­posed to be such good Christian peo­ple, the last thing we’re sup­posed to do is to judge one anoth­er. God is the judge, not us. I just try to be myself. I try to let every­body else be them­selves.”

I’m not one to praise white folks for basic human decen­cy (because after all, sup­port­ing the Black Lives Matter move­ment is sim­ply the humane thing to do), but I do want to note that it is pri­mar­i­ly white folks’ respon­si­bil­i­ty to check their own folks. It is their “9 to 5,” indeed. We tired.

Perhaps now that an icon of many racists’ beloved music genre said it, maybe it’ll stick? Like Lauryn Hill once spit, “I add a ‘Motherfucker’ so you ignant nig­gas hear me.” Maybe Parton had to throw in some “white ass­es” so you ignant racists hear her.

Will they lis­ten, though? Eh, I’m sure the embar­rass­ing­ly proud uphold­ers of white suprema­cy will just dig into their bag of oppres­sion and throw out some misog­y­ny at her for dar­ing to speak up for Black lives.

Yeah…I won’t be wait­ing on that, so I’ll just take my hat and go home. Then again, for a Black per­son, that’s not an entire­ly safe place, either