Louisiana - Stop the Plantation Cycle

Louisiana - Stop the Plantation Cycle

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Louisiana Stop Funding Plantation Country and the Legacy of Slavery started this petition to St. John Parish Council julia.remondet@stjohn-la.gov

They want our rhythm and but not our blues:  Tourism, Plantations, Party Buses 

Over the years Louisiana has poured millions of public funds into sanitizing the word “Plantation,” mocking the brutality, rape, child labor, human-trafficking, family separation, bloodshed, and murder.  Meanwhile, party busses are being gentrified in New Orleans and surrounding areas with rules and regulations that are impossible to attain. 

As in the plantation systems of antebellum, the wealth and privilege of the elite come at the expense of the greater public good. It is extremely regretful that a Louisiana commission "River Parishes Tourism Commission" a public entity entrusted with the financial responsibility of MILLIONS in taxpayer dollars has not only embraced the brand of “Plantation Country”, but is operating like the plantation systems of old with a disregard for the law.  Public funds should serve and not disrespect or disregard the people.  In addition, the funds being used only benefit the current Plantation owners (new slavery).    

We are calling for the operations of the commission to be suspended until a full investigation can be made into willful violations of the law, disregard for the needs of the community, financial mismanagement, several other issues concerning the commission, and the mocking of slaves who built the America we've all come to enjoy.  

The commission is already beyond the required point for being dissolved, a very unfortunate thing given the economic boom of the tourism economy has the potential to offset the grave community needs for adequate education, employment, health concerns and community resources. The funds would be better spent impacting the lives of the community. 

Widespread interest in the commission was prompted by the October 2018 “brand re-launch” New Orleans Plantation Country. The brand launch event was astonishing, as it empowered the ideal that plantations should be romanticized and that slavery is somehow “ok”. In light of the recent church burnings, certain personalities may even be encouraged by the “Old South” stereotype which invokes violence and racism.

Research conducted prior to the launch suggested that the brand was oppressive, polarizing, embarrassing, and exploitative. The blatant disregard for research served as an obvious indicator that the organization did not value the science of tourism and lacks an understanding of basic business strategic planning.

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