But when former Scene culture editor Tracy Moore McDonald sent an email linking to Amanda Hess' story questioning why people still have weddings at plantations slaves built, the recipients (all of them Scene writers) took issue with the story — which, incidentally, includes shout-outs to Belle Meade and Carnton plantations, and a large photo of the latter.
You don't have to sell us on the horrors of slavery (then and now) and the ugly legacy of racism. Exposing bigotry of any kind — whether it's anti-gay legislation, anti-Muslim furor, or unfair treatment of immigrants — is one of our greatest passions. In fact, we're usually the ones being accused of being too liberal or politically correct. But Hess' obnoxious tone and complete lack of context or perspective was too much for some of our staffers. As one writer put it, "It's the classic liberal problem — your heart is in the right place, but you're also a condescending turd."
And since we're also PEOPLE WHO GIVE A DAMN, here are some more uncensored responses from our crack
"It's pretty much a straight-up indictment of the South, and there's more holes in the logic than a human centipede. HA!"Amanda, there's a whole lot more love after the jump ...
"It's nicer than the church basement."
"Ha. As more than one person has pointed out to me since moving here, 'Southerners are the only people left that it's OK to make fun of.' "
"What exactly does she think modern plantations are? Places where rednecks get together on the weekend to restage lynchings and hold weddings?"
"You know, Amanda's right: Well-intentioned lovebirds definitely shouldn't be giving money to well-intentioned historians who work for well-intentioned nonprofits that turn plantations into places where people learn about slavery and use the money from weddings and events to keep their museum doors open. Hell, we should probably just take the privately-owned plantations through imminent domain and demolish them, so we can wipe away this nasty little bit of our history and have our nuptials in a historically considerate kind of peace."
"Literally everything ever created by slave labor should be burned, from Antebellum plantations to the pyramids to probably most of America's wardrobe and appliances."
"I'll start at The Gap."
"The very act of paying taxes so that government can maintain those parks and beaches is an affront to the history of an entire people."