Solange Knowles deleted her Twitter account Tuesday night after sharing a message with her fans about the recent racial unrest in Virginia and North Carolina. It started when Knowles tweeted an announcement, letting fans know why she was leaving the platform.
“Deleting my twitter soon, but before I dip when we gonna pull up?” she said. “And what we got to do to get my new hero Takiyah Thompson free?”
Solange Knowles last tweet on twitter as of today pic.twitter.com/JJQznDGJ6j
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The hero Knowles was referring to was the 22-year-old college student arrested for pulling down a Confederate statue in Durham, North Carolina, this week. Knowles deleted her Twitter account shortly thereafter, and then posted a separate message to her Instagram story.
The singer and activist seemed distraught by the attacks in Charlottesville, but also sounded more resolved than ever to make a difference. “Been trying to study myself / 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 said. “Fuck white supremacist [sic] / fuck nazis / fuck your stale ass bland ass monuments.”
After Solange deleted her account, she posted this on Instagram pic.twitter.com/Z0AzuZK4ii
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Knowles ended with her concerns for her 12-year-old son’s education. “Thinking about demanding he not be required to take ‘American History’,” she said. “Because its deep dark rooted ugliness continues to live right now, right before our eyes.”