If there’s one thing people hate, it’s being even slightly uncomfortable. They’re especially uncomfortable with considering their complicity in structural racism. This is a story about someone who was deeply uncomfortable even thinking about what once happened in history to black men and women under slavery. They were so uncomfortable they had to write a review about it. I guess it was too late to call the manager.
An anonymous white woman is being soundly mocked on the Internet for a two-star review they left for a plantation tour in South Carolina. The review was posted by author Saira Rao on Twitter in a screenshot. She captioned it, “This is how decent white people who tell the truth about slavery on plantations are reviewed by white people.”
Honestly, it was very generous of her to say that “decent” part after reading what this reviewer wrote.
This is how decent white people who tell the truth about slavery on plantations are reviewed by white people. pic.twitter.com/xiomBzPpWl— saira rao (@sairasameerarao) August 7, 2019
The review author described her experience thusly:
“My husband and I were extremely disappointed in this tour. We didn’t come to hear a lecture on how the white people treated slaves, we came to get this history of a southern plantation and get a tour of the house and grounds. The tour guide was so radical about slave treatment we felt we were being lectured and bashed about the slavery.”
“My ancestors were from Sicily, never owned slaves, and my husbands were German, and none of his ever owned slaves. I am by far not racist or against all Americans having equal rights but this was my vacation and now we are crossing all plantation tours off our list, it was just not what we expected. I’ll go back to Louisiana and see some real plantations that are so much more enjoyable to tour.”
If your family never owned slaves and you’re not racist, why you mad?
There is obviously some logical disconnect here. This woman went to a plantation to hear about its history. The history of southern plantations is slavery. Maybe she expected more information on cotillions and sweet tea, without any info on how the money was made to pay for either (it was slave labor). Plantations existed because of slavery.
It was almost too easy to make fun of this lady, but it’s still pretty satisfying to read the responses to her idiocy:
“I went to Mexico and all they did was talk Spanish!”— 30-50 Feral Hogs ???? (@shanesarosy_35) August 7, 2019
went to the damn archeology museum and indian village and they wouldn’t quit talkin about genocide as if it was somehow my fault!!!— ????ℑ???????? ???? (@sepulturashirt) August 8, 2019
I went to Cape Canavaral, where they talked about moon landings and shit. I’ve never even been to the moon, let alone outer space!— Computer Monster (@SPEW30265562) August 8, 2019
I went to Pompeii to learn about volcanic activity and they just lectured us all day about the people who were incinerated by the lava. 1/5— Chris PodiumCafe (@CPodiumcafe) August 8, 2019
Did she really say her folks were German so she's good? The same Germans who hosted the Berlin Conference of 1865 and divided up the African continent??— Beautifully Balanced (@AmazingSymetri) August 7, 2019
She wanted Gone With The Wind. Who TF she think was doing all the work while Scarlett sat around?
I know for sure this review is of Whitney Plantation, which is actually situated in the Germanic Coast of southern Louisiana plantation country. ???? she’d know this if she actually paid attention to the tour instead of feeling victimized.— Dani ???? (@DanielleV_89) August 8, 2019
I think she is confused between the plants in her garden and the plantation.— Kaarshe (@Kaarshey) August 8, 2019
"I am by far not a racist" is something only racists say, to be clear.— Pé Resists (@4everNeverTrump) August 8, 2019
Kind of an interesting point a couple people made was that the woman is not entirely wrong—a lot of plantation tours actually don’t focus much on history. If she was surprised, it’s in part because so many tours bend over backwards to make their primarily white visitors feel comfortable. If a white person wants to go and have brunch on a property where black families were enslaved and abused, they can, and they never have to hear a thing about the land’s true history.
There are plenty of tours that do exactly that. (The original post mentions Louisiana -- I was there years ago, and wanted to learn about the history, and it took a bit of research to find a plantation tour that specifically addressed slavery. Most didn't.)— Callalily (@Callalily57) August 8, 2019
I don’t know why anything shocks me anymore, but this did. Smh— SassyByNite (@SassyByNite) August 8, 2019
This is from the website of one of them. The "history" part of their website includes the word "slave" once, in a sentence enumerating all the property that made it the "finest property" in the US at the time. Several mentions of "servants" and "servant quarters," though. pic.twitter.com/4MePt46mhM— Callalily (@Callalily57) August 8, 2019
Anyone going to the south can check out a plantation that will tell the truth about its origins: it’s called McLeod Plantation and it’s in Charleston:
My friend is a guide there. It clearly states on the website that they tell the true story of life on a plantation - for EVERYONE who experienced it.— Heidi Wilson (@thatheidiwilson) August 8, 2019
Leave them a good review!