By Ann Brown
Plantations are probably not on the list of tour stops for many Black Americans. For one reason, these historic structures don’t seem to address the elephant in the room — that behind their glory and grandeur lies a brutal history of the enslavement of Africans.
Now some plantations have decided to switch course and instead of focus purely on the magnificence of their structures but to also talk frank about American slavery. This direction, however, has rattled some, mainly white, people.
“The changes have begun to draw people long alienated by the sites’ whitewashing of the past and to satisfy what staff call a hunger for real history, as plantations add slavery-focused tours, rebuild cabins and reconstruct the lives of the enslaved with help from their descendants. But some visitors, who remain overwhelmingly white, are pushing back, and the very mention of slavery and its impacts on the United States can bring accusations of playing politics,” MSN reported.
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