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Solange Deleted Twitter And Sent A Powerful Message About White Supremacy

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Last week, in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, Solange deleted her Twitter account after sending a powerful message about white supremacy.

Her last tweet reads: “Deleting my twitter soon, but before I dip when we gonna pull up? And what we got to do to get my new hero Takiyah Thompson free?”

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Takiyah Thompson is a 22-year-old college student arrested for helping pull down a Confederate statue in Durham, North Carolina during an anti-racist rally in solidarity with Charlottesville. White supremacists held a violent “Unite the Right” rally on August 11 and 12 in Charlottesville to protest the proposed removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee; they killed one woman, Heather Heyer, and injured dozens others.

Soon after deleting Twitter, Solange posted similar sentiments on her Instagram story: “been trying to practice self preservation during this time and not give racist ass fuck bois who reek of citronella my energy so I can preserve my spirit to perform this album,” she wrote in part. “Fuck white supremacist. Fuck Nazis. Fuck your stale ass bland ass monuments.”

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It’s worth noting that Twitter has been criticized for its failure to do enough to combat harassment or ban the numerous white supremacist accounts; Instagram, while certainly not perfect, has more protections in place.

We’re glad Solange is continuing to speak out on a platform that feels safest and healthiest to her, and we agree: Fuck white supremacy, Nazis, and stale ass bland ass monuments.

Top photo from BUST's April/May 2017 issue: Photos by Nadya Wasylko // Styling by Peju Famojure // Makeup by Tracy Alfajora // Hair by Amy Farid // Nails By Mis Pop // Stylist Asst: Anna Estelle Flaglor // Shot at Attic Studios NYC 

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Erika W. Smith is BUST's digital editorial director. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @erikawynn and email her at erikawsmith@bust.com.

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