Is it racist to hold your wedding at a plantation? | The Tylt
Is it racist to hold your wedding at a plantation?
America has a racist history. That's just a fact. But what happened in America's past and what's happening present day is done by people, not buildings. Countless U.S. cities were built by slaves. America was built on the wholesale slaughter of Native Americans. These things were all done by people, not by buildings.
The point is, it matters so much more about why weddings and celebrations are held at these locations. Looking for a period-themed wedding where all the servers just happened to be dressed like slaves? That's racist. Wanting a cotton-themed wedding at a plantation? That's racist. Just having a wedding at a plantation? Not necessarily.
People should be able to celebrate their union where ever they want. If we started limiting wedding venues to places that only have some kind of upbeat, progressive history... many churches would also be unacceptable venues for weddings.
Others say plantation weddings are racist, end of story. Acting as though plantations are anything but monuments to human misery is wishful thinking. These are places where humans were bought, sold and worked to death. There's nothing beautiful, romantic or nostalgic about them. Holding your wedding at a plantation just means you're willing to overlook these things for your personal benefit. They're not places of celebration.
There are plenty of places with rustic charm that didn't involve the enslavement of an entire race of people. Maybe look at those options instead of being racist.