So Ani DiFranco, or more correctly her management, set up a writing retreat for writers and artists. It was to be called “Righteous Retreat” and held at the Nottoway Plantation.
Apparently, if you are Ani DiFranco, this was a very bad idea. See, the plantation was, guess what, a plantation. Since it was a plantation in the south pre-civil war, it was built and worked on by slaves.
As we all know, slavery was a horrid thing. It was inhumane, stupid and evil.
And apparently, Ani DiFranco is a racist for having a retreat there:
Now, presently this plantation hosts weddings, tours and is a hotel. Link.
There was such a negative outcry that DiFranco canceled the event and issued an apology. Apparently, to a reasonable number of people who pay attention to these things, this isn’t enough.
Now, I am a bit baffled by the outrage some people are unleashing on DiFranco. I understand that slavery was evil. I understand that the house was built by slaves. However it seems a bit odd to me that holding an event there is racist. It just seems like the criticism is unjustified. If using buildings built by slaves is (or should be) taboo, there are a whole shitload of buildings, including the White House and the Capitol building, which should be off limits.
What am I missing?