Over the weekend, Solange shared several tweets referencing the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, but yesterday, she reached her breaking point. She wrote, “Deleting my Twitter soon, but before I dip. When we gonna pull up? & what we got to do to get my new hero Takiyah Thompson free?“
Solange’s new hero was part of a separate demonstration that happened Monday in Durham, North Carolina. Takiyah Thompson and other protesters pulled down a Confederate statue in front of the Durham County courthouse. Before her arrest, she said at a press conference, “The people decided to take matters into our own hands and remove the statue. We are tired of waiting on politicians who could have voted to remove the white supremacist statues years ago, but they failed to act. So we acted.”
Thompson, a 22-year-old student at North Carolina Central University, has been charged with two felonies involving participation in a riot and inciting others to riot, and two misdemeanors related to damaging the statue.
Solange posted a note as an Instagram Story that seemed to explain her departure from Twitter, although she didn’t mention the social media by name. She wrote, “been trying to practice self preservation during this time and not give racist ugly ass fuck bois who reek of citronella my energy so that I can preserve my spirit to perform this album.” She continued, “fuck white supremacist, fuck nazis, fuck your stale ass bland ass monuments, fuck asking folks to be graceful.” She went on to say that her son’s first day of school happened amidst all of this hatred, and asked “how mofos supposed to have a fresh start with education, seeing this shit?”
While Solange closed her Twitter account to focus on her music, Barack Obama joined the online discussion around Charlottesville by sharing a Nelson Mandela quote, along with a photo of small children of different races looking out a window at him. The tweet, which currently has 1.4 million retweets and 3.6 million likes, is the most-liked tweet in Twitter’s history.
Twitter has faced criticism for allowing hate speech on the platform, so it is somewhat reassuring to see that the most popular tweet of all shares a positive message. At least when it comes to like counts, love wins.
"No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion…” pic.twitter.com/InZ58zkoAm— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 13, 2017