ani defranco

I guess a second time is a charm for Ani DiFranco, especially since her first apology about her feminist plantation retreat really didn’t go over so well. The folk feminist singer decided to rethink and give the apology thing a second try. Here’s DiFranco’s newest apology:

everyone,

it has taken me a few days but i have been thinking and feeling very intensely and i would like to say i am sincerely sorry. it is obvious to me now that you were right; all those who said we can’t in good conscience go to that place and support it or look past for one moment what it deeply represents. i needed a wake up call and you gave it to me. it was a great oversight on my part to not request a change of venue immediately from the promoter. you tried to tell me about that oversight and i wasn’t available to you. i’m sorry for that too. know that i am digging deeper.

-ani

 

Bye, Felecia.

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  • *intense sideeye*

    How deep do you have to dig in order to understand why some folks might be offended at your holding an event on a former SLAVE PLANTATION? Seems plenty obvious and right-on-the-surface to me.

  • mEE

    see…you know I try to give people the benefit of the doubt but I mean come on with this ish already. obviously this apology was a lot better than the first non-apology (I’m still bitter this lady called us bitter) but still..uuughhh!
    it all just reeks of “don’t ask for permission, ask for forgiveness”.

    and to be honest I stopped giving white people the benefit of the doubt a long time ago. I would be the one holding the banner of “well maybe she doesn’t know” or “he wasn’t really raised around Black people” or “but guys, come on. I’m her friend so she can’t be racist!”. but I’ve gotten burned too many times by so-called “ignorant” white people (women in particular) to fall for this stuff anymore.

    why should someone have to tell you not to have an event at a plantation? I can’t understand that. are people holding cocktail parties at Auschwitz these day? no. they would never. so why the hell does someone have to tell your white AMERICAN ass that having an event at a plantation is not a good idea?! there’s ignorance and there’s WILLFUL IGNORANCE. and I am allowed to be forever offended, in perpetuity, until the day I die, at the latter.

    • JS

      I think the reason why people deem it acceptable is because unlike Auschwitz all the slave houses are gone. Auschwitz was built to be a prison/torture chamber while most southern plantations (even though they put people through comparable agony) was built around grandeur. I looked around on the plantations website. Unlike other plantations that have been turned into museums of sorts there are no slave houses still remaining, just the big house stands.

      Now I am not making excuses for people writing off/dismissing the significance of the horrible history of the plantation. I am just saying I can see why it would be easy to overlook it if the plantation has no remaining artifacts of slavery and is just a beautiful colonial house. People are making it seem like the event would take place in the slave houses, which is just not the case.

      Further investigation of the site it seems as people even have weddings here and personally I am not sure how I feel about it. While it seems horrible to have your celebration on the site of others misery at the same time any plot of land or colonial style house in the south built over 150 years ago probably owned slaves. So where do we draw the line?

    • The Comment

      I have no respect for people who fold under pressure. If ole’ girl wanted to have a retreat at a former slave plantation…well then have it and party it up. I’m sure the enslaved people are happy as ever that the day they only hoped for has been realized.

      I would have said…”on second thought…..go F*(*&(& urself and here is a complimentary dildo for you.”

    • Aria Wilson

      “I am just saying I can see why it would be easy to overlook it if the plantation has no remaining artifacts of slavery and is just a beautiful colonial house.”

      I would disagree JS.

      Any American older than 20 in this country knows that if there is a huge Plantation in Louisiana, built Pre-Civil war, and grew hundreds of acres of crops….there WERE slaves involved. A rich plantation owner in 1855 was NOT out in the Louisiana sun hoeing and planting his own crops…and they know that just as well as you or I….with or without seeing the “slave houses”.

      So while the slave quarters may no longer be visable, people, and THIS person in particular, knows good and doggone well that slave labor was involved…and it is in no way “easy” to overlook.

  • Ana

    i can’t.

  • You know, if you’re not sorry, don’t apologize because no one in existence thinks a faux-pology is sincere.

    She should have cancelled or hello, just move the event to a different venue, and kept her mouth shut until she could be sincere. Instead, we got a lovely little glimpse into her true character (which I am very grateful for) and she totally damaged her credibility and reputation. She can take her petulant self-absorbed self back to the 90s.

    Bye Felecia, indeed.