Day: June 24, 2020

Why the ‘romance’ of plantation estates is more dangerous than confederate statues

<span>Photograph: John Moore/Getty Images</span>
Photograph: John Moore/Getty Images

Like all symbols, monuments to the Confederate south, the lost cause, are not confined to the public square. On the contrary, they are projected onto the silver screen, in our backyards, making up the names of countless suburban developments, shopping centers and schools. In Charleston, South Carolina, in particular, they undergird a billion-dollar tourist industry.

Voted the No 1 city in the US seven times in a row by Travel + Leisure and the best city in the world in 2017, millions come for the beaches, the beauty and charm of Rainbow Row and its old-timey cobblestone streets (built by slaves), and last but certainly not least, for the romance and sweep of its great houses and plantations. The image of Scarlett O’Hara sauntering around Terra in a hoop skirt is imprinted on our collective imagination. Black or white, who hasn’t fantasized about being her? We

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