Early on Friday morning, the President tweeted a series of messages about the protests, including one tweet that announced, shockingly, “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.” Essentially, the president called for police to open fire on civilians in the streets.
Thus, Taylor’s tweet, which has amassed over 800,000 likes. (The president’s tweets usually clock in at the 200,000 mark, max. Like it or not, Twitter is the birthplace of a lot of our political discourse these days, and likes matter.)
Civilian action in Minneapolis has inspired similar protests across the country, including in Denver, Colorado; Columbus, Ohio; Louisville, Kentucky, and New York City. Seven people were shot at the Louisville protest, which aimed to address the police killing of black 26-year-old Breonna Taylor in March. Reports say that the shots came from within the crowd of protesters, and that no one has been killed. Taylor was killed when police broke into her home. She was unarmed and asleep.
We’re living through particularly noteworthy history—probably more than most of us hoped to. Black communities and activists have led the charge against police brutality and racism, but fighting injustice is not one group’s job. Taylor Swift has staked a little piece of her career on it. There are a whole lot of people who could stand to join her.
Jenny Singer is a staff writer for Glamour. You can follow her on Twitter.