Dear Ani DiFranco Supporters: You Cannot Reclaim an Oppression You Have Never Experienced
In yet another example of white feminist cluelessness, Singer Ani DiFranco will hold her annual songwriting retreat this year on Nottoway Plantation in Louisiana. Righteous Retreat Song Camp is billed as a feminist songwriting retreat, and DiFranco’s choice to hold the event at this locale has drawn ire from Black women who note the offensiveness of the location.
Source: For Harriet: Celebrating the fullness of Black womanhood.
The Nottoway Plantation is currently owned and operated by Nottoway Plantation Inc. which operates a museum, restaurant and hotel from the premises. Tours are given daily, and you are invited to sample the absolute delights afforded the white slave owners who once resided in the massive opulent home.
Like all former plantations turned educational sites, the information about the lives of the men and women enslaved there focuses on how nice their master and mistress were to them.
Source: PQ (Proud Queer) Monthly
DiFranco has now cancelled the event and issued an apology and a statement.