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Lady Antebellum modifica su nombre para evitar referencia racista

Lady Antebellum modifica su nombre para evitar referencia racista

Tendencias jueves 11 de junio de 2020 -

Lady Antebellum, el grupo estadounidense de música country (ganador de siete premios Grammy), modificó su nombre a Lady A, debido a que el término anterior es una palabra asociada a la esclavitud en el sur de Estados Unidos.

La decisión de la banda surge en medio de las manifestaciones contra el racismo que se dieron tras el asesinato de George Floyd a manos de la policía.

"Antebellum" es un término que significa anterior a la guerra y, en el contexto estadounidense, está estrechamente vinculado con el momento histórico en el que los estados del sur del país defendían la esclavitud.

"Cuando comenzamos hace casi 14 años, nombramos a nuestra banda en honor a la casa de estilo sureño 'antebellum' donde tomamos nuestras primeras fotos. Como músicos, nos recordaba a toda la música nacida en el sur que nos influyó", señaló la agrupación.

Ahora, el grupo se llamará Lady A, apodo ya utilizado por sus fanáticos.

"Pero lamentamos decir que no tomamos en cuenta las asociaciones que sopesan esta palabra que se refiere al período de la historia anterior a la guerra civil, que incluye la esclavitud", detalló.

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Dear Fans,⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ As a band, we have strived for our music to be a refuge…inclusive of all. We’ve watched and listened more than ever these last few weeks, and our hearts have been stirred with conviction, our eyes opened wide to the injustices, inequality and biases Black women and men have always faced and continue to face everyday. Now, blindspots we didn’t even know existed have been revealed.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ After much personal reflection, band discussion, prayer and many honest conversations with some of our closest Black friends and colleagues, we have decided to drop the word “antebellum” from our name and move forward as Lady A, the nickname our fans gave us almost from the start.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ When we set out together almost 14 years ago, we named our band after the southern “antebellum” style home where we took our first photos. As musicians, it reminded us of all the music born in the south that influenced us…Southern Rock, Blues, R&B, Gospel and of course Country. But we are regretful and embarrassed to say that we did not take into account the associations that weigh down this word referring to the period of history before The Civil War, which includes slavery. We are deeply sorry for the hurt this has caused and for anyone who has felt unsafe, unseen or unvalued. Causing pain was never our hearts’ intention, but it doesn’t change the fact that indeed, it did just that. So today, we speak up and make a change. We hope you will dig in and join us.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣ We feel like we have been Awakened, but this is just one step. There are countless more that need to be taken. We want to do better. We are committed to examining our individual and collective impact and making the necessary changes to practice antiracism. We will continue to educate ourselves, have hard conversations and search the parts of our hearts that need pruning—to grow into better humans, better neighbors. Our next outward step will be a donation to the Equal Justice Initiative through LadyAID. Our prayer is that if we lead by example…with humility, love, empathy and action…we can be better allies to those suffering from spoken and unspoken injustices, while influencing our children & generations to come.

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