CULTURE

Why Black People Don’t Want to Romanticize 1830s With Taylor Swift

Ignoring racism is not the same as confronting it

Allison Wiltz
Published in
6 min readApr 23, 2024

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A woman in a hat and dress walking through a lavender field | Photo by Ольга Солодилова via Pexels

In her latest song, “I Hate It Here,” Taylor Swift portrays the 1830s as a picturesque scene of a simpler time. Her lyrics, dripping with nostalgia, recall a game where her friends would pick a time they’d rather live in. Taylor…

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Allison Wiltz
Momentum

Black womanist Scholar bylines @ Momentum, Oprah Daily, ZORA, GEN, EIC of Cultured #WEOC Founder allisonthedailywriter.com https://ko-fi.com/allyfromnola