Another prime example of why I'm NOT a feminist is breaking out as I write this on the Net
Ani DiFranco is planning what she calls The Righteous Retreat in The Big Easy. It's 4 days of music, seminars and feminist conscious raising from June 25-29 in Louisiana.
Sounds like an interesting event. huh? Just one problem. It's not being held in the New Orleans city limits, it's being held on a plantation. When Black women called that problematic point out, all hell broke loose.
When Black women expressed their concerns about having this event on ground where our foremothers were raped, tortured, had the children they bore sold from them, the response was predictable from vanillacentric privileged white women rushing to defend DiFranco and this jacked up event.
Mandi Harrington took it a reprehensible step further and engaged in virtual blackface to defend the indefensible.
Now they have trotted Toshi Reagon out to make a statement in a predictable attempt to hide behind her skirts as a human shield, but it still doesn't change the fact you are having this event at a plantation and we're pissed off about it. It's the equivalent of having an event at Auschwitz.
I'll bet if Jewish women told you that hypothetical Auschwitz event was triggering, you'd be changing that venue with the quickness. And these repeated race fails and being disappointed by white feminists is why I am a womanist.
What next Ani? A cruise that simulates the Middle Passage? Your silence Ani will not protect you from the seething anger that is building up over this BS. Neither will your weak attempt to use Toshi Reagon as a human shield for your fauxgressive frack-up.
White women's tears start in 5...4...3...2...1...
Yeah, #BlackTwitter, it's time to do what we do best #AniDiFrancoRetreatIdeas
TransGriot Update: DiFranco put out a non-apology statement written in lowercase cancelling the plantation retreat, and the Twitter hashtag is slowly gaining momentum.