Mickey Guyton, a country singer, began the new year by addressing a brutally racist insult she got on Twitter.
The 38-year-old “Black Like Me” singer shared a screenshot of the racist letter with her followers on Saturday in the hopes of bringing awareness of the racism she and others in her community face.
“@MickeyGuyton We don’t want your kind in country music!” the tweet to Guyton started. “All you people talk about is your god damn race and skin color! Don’t you effers have Rap, Hip Hop & R&B? Gotta ruin and destroy s – – t with your woke bs! Just like y’all did with MTV! Get the F out of our country music!”
Guyton captioned the post, “Started off 2022 with a good ole batch of racism. I show you this so you guys continue the fight for equality and love and acceptance.”
Other country music stars, as well as other music titans, celebrities, and fans, rallied to her support in the comments section.
“Oh you know… just another Saturday for us. That fact that he took time out of his day to write this while having a video game [as] his profile pic. He’s a joke. Love sis,” black country musician Jimmie Allen wrote.
“We here standing with you,” Questlove said. Continue on! (Receipts should also be kept.)”
Deborah Roberts, Al Roker’s wife, wrote, “So awful and extremely sad.” “Stay strong and focused on your lovely work, lovely soul!”
Guyton also retweeted the Tweet in her own thread, adding, “Aww little Sammy is upset in 2022.” “Bless your little heart,” says the narrator.
“You so fn strong girl,” Kane Brown replied.
The individual who made the racist remark on Twitter has been suspended by the social media platform.
With songs like “Black Like Me,” “Remember Her Name,” “Love My Hair,” and “What Are You Gonna Tell Her,” the co-host of the 2021 Country Music Awards is known for taking a stand against racism and misogyny through her music.
She made history in 2020 when she received a Grammy nomination for Best Country Solo Performance, making her the first black solo female artist to receive a Grammy nod in a country music category. This year, she was nominated for three more awards: Best Country Solo Performance, Best Country Song, and Best Country Album.
Despite prominent names like Guyton, Brown, and Allen breaking into the pop culture landscape, the country music genre has long been criticised for its lack of diversity.
Guyton commented on her career and how her race contributed to Nashville’s often haphazard endeavour to add more diversity to the industry in a June 2021 interview with the New Yorker.
“I look back on my career and see how I was a symbol in so many different ways,” she told the publication. “I remember there would be corporate events where — in order to make the company look good — who did they have front and centre as one of the artists they’re excited about?” she asked, referring to herself.
Guyton’s position on social media trolls has also a long history.
“I’ve been called the N-word enough that it just kind of rolls off,” she said. “But when I do get racial slurs coming at me, I post them. My thinking is, if somebody wants to spew hate at me, I’ll gladly give them the platform to do it. You were brave enough to search out my name, say these words, send me that message — and now I have receipts.”