Dolly Parton is sharing her support for the Black Lives Matter movement and the ongoing protests over racial injustice in America.
"I understand people having to make themselves known and felt and seen," Parton said in a recent interview. "And of course Black lives matter. Do we think our little white a---- are the only ones that matter? No!"
The country singer continued on to explain her decision in 2018 to change the name of her Dixie Stampede attraction to Dolly Parton's Stampede after realizing the term "Dixie" was problematic.
"There’s such a thing as innocent ignorance, and so many of us are guilty of that," she said. "When they said 'Dixie' was an offensive word, I thought, 'Well, I don’t want to offend anybody. This is a business. We’ll just call it The Stampede.'"
"As soon as you realize that (something) is a problem, you should fix it," she continued. "Don’t be a dumba--. That’s where my heart is. I would never dream of hurting anybody on purpose."
In the interview, Parton went on to share how she tries to live her life with an open mind and non-judgmental attitude.
"I do believe we all have a right to be exactly who we are, and it is not my place to judge," she explained. "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."
Parton recently announced her plans to release a new holiday album, A Holly Dolly Christmas. The project is due out this fall on October 2.
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