So of course, as a feminist and ally, Ani apologized, acknowledging the hurt that this choice of venue has caused, right? No. Instead, in her faux apology, she plays the victim, accuses Black women of being "bitter" and having "hatred" and manages to make the apology all about her deep sorrow and her own pain and hurt.
Are you shocked that someone who professes to be a feminist, a woman who is concerned with the oppression of all women and peoples, would be so callous? Go and read the apology for yourself. As always, though, don't read the comments. Although they claim that Ani is anti-racist and seeks only unity, her supporters manage to be racist and dismissive of minority women's search for equality.
If, however, you cannot stand to read another screed from yet another White feminist who refuses to acknowledge that Black and minority women have the right to define feminism for themselves, then no worries. I suffered for you. I. Read. Every. Word. Here is a running commentary I wrote while reading Ani DiFranco's response on Twitter, with the hashtag #NoPology.
Read @anidifranco apology & weep b/c if oppressed people cant recognize the oppression they inflict on others, there is no hope. #nopology
Let's break down the #NoPology: "I have heard you." That's not what you say to those you respect. You say this those you look down on.
@anidifranco didnt know the setting would "trigger such high velocity bitterness." Bitterness, like cattiness, is bad. Stop it WOC #NoPology
@anidifranco thought "the setting wld be a participant in the event" Nothing like singing Dixie songs w/WW to make me feel welcome #NoPology
@anidifranco: "this was a gathering of progressive people." I.E: folks who believe slavery & racism is past--not like patriarchy. #NoPology
"i believe people must go to [hurtful] places, meditate & absorb the pain" Or, @anidifranco thinks you should heal as she sees fit #NoPology
@anidifranco: "if nottoway isnt acceptable, then let me concede b/f more divisive wrds are spilled" If? BINGO! WOC are being divisive. #NoPology
BW,@anidifranco thinks it's unfortunate how you've chosen to deal w/the pain of slavery. Now you've been properly chastised by a WW. #NoPology
@anidifranco: "i canceled to restore peace & respectful discourse." B/c BW who reject oppression arent peaceful nor have respect. #NoPology
@anidifranco "entreats u to refocus comments w/positive energy" In other words, ignore ur oppression & be happy. Kinda like slaves? #NoPology
@anidifranco: "allow us now to work together towards common ground and healing." UNITY, BW. Which really just means stop questioning WW. #NoPology
@anidifranco cant say "nottoway reached depths of racism but nowhere else." So,a plantation is as good a place as any-get over it. #NoPology
@anidifranco "knows buildings built bfore 1860 in the South were built on the backs of slaves." She just doesnt let it effect her. #NoPology
@anidifranco: "not using buildings w/history of slavery wuld mean moving away." And make things really hard for WW to plan events. #NoPology
@anidifranco: we all "sit on stolen land from original people who suffered genocide." Think of the Natives. Stop being selfish BW. #NoPology
@anidifranco: "a large % of taxes goto making weapons." There're problems bigger than ur oppression/racism-but not mine/patriarchy #NoPology
@anidifranco: "it's a imperfect world & im trying mybest to negotiate it." BW will build a cross to nail yourself in appreciation #NoPology
@anidifranco: "the current owner disturbs me but I dont know owners of other venues." Excuse me while I play willfully obtuse now. #NoPology
"is it possible to separate positive from negative people in this world?" @anidifranco, please please put the pen down. Back away. #NoPology
@anidifranco: "is it possible to ensure no bad person will profit from my work?" No. So why not willingly hurt WOC? #NotYourFault #NoPology
@anidifranco: "shld hatred be spit at me?" No one hates u. Well, I hate u for this long ass #NoPology. But u havent been hurt-just ur pride.
@anidifranco: "we need every ounce of energy to create positve change in this world." The cross is still waiting. Shld we burn it? #NoPology
@anidifranco: "i planned to go to Roots of Music, a free music school for underprivileged kids." She has servant's hearts. #NoPology
@anidifranco: "i believe Roots could've gained a few new supporters." And thus BW you've hurt your people w/your selfish demands. #NoPology
We'll pretend, @anidifranco, you couldn't still do these things w/o holding the event where thousands of Blacks suffered & died. #NoPology
@anidifranco: "let's not oversimplify to blck & whte a society that contains shades of grey." It's the gender divide that matters. #NoPology
I'd like to remind @anidifranco, and the feminist that support her, that if men were to give them this bullshit #NoPology, theyd be offended
@anidifranco No renouncing Mandi Harrington? Your call for unity is only a condemnation of BW for speaking aganst their oppresson. #NoPology
@anidifranco: "let's be compassionate as we write the next pages in our history." Or, you know, rewrite it to suit our needs. #NoPology
@anidifranco: "our story isnt over, it is ours to write." And if we write enough words maybe we'll get folks to believe our #NoPology.
@anidifranco's fans still keeping it classy: "i agree ani, we are all slaves these fucks are just too stupid to know it." Fucks=BW #NoPology
When you hurt someone you care about, you apologize. You do not explain, describe, wax philosophical or rationalize. @anidifranco #NoPology
Through it all Ani DiFranco does not do the one thing you do to those you have hurt; she doesn't apologize. She barely even acknowledge that there is hurt, other than her own. She instead chooses to double down, blaming and condemning minority women who have not fallen in line with her desire to "make the world a better place"--in a $1000 retreat at a Southern plantation. In other words, she behaves very much as a someone who supports a White dominated, patriarchal, hegemonic, capitalistic society. I.E. the very society her supporters claim she rejects.