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That’s something I literally can’t get over. How plantations aren’t viewed as sites of genocide and as representative of some of the most extreme evil humanity has ever done.
You can visit a plantation and they won’t even talk about slavery. It’s common to get married on plantations.
Being a Californian this was all very off-putting to me when I visited Georgia. I love Black people and Black culture in the South but it’s still the South.
I work in Huntsville, Alabama that has quite a number of plantations and cotton fields around. One woman in my company married a man who inherited his family’s old plantation. They have company functions there all the time and they started to ask why I refuse to attend. I told them “If I have to explain it to you, you won’t get it.” After being pushed by a few of them for understanding, I told them “you wouldn’t expect a Jewish person to want to attend a function at a concentration camp but for some reason you think I want to go somewhere like a plantation? People who look like me were beaten, raped and murdered on these fields and I’m just supposed to push that out of my mind for a company function? Y’all have fun.”
They have never asked me about it again but of course, outside of me, no one said anything in refusal to attend. It’s out of convenience and willful ignorance.