Two weeks ago, I wrote about Ani DiFranco’s scandal on race and privilege. She issued a non-apology, and the internet continued to call her out, as it seems to do so well. A few days later, she issued an update on her facebook account:
it has taken me a few days but i have been thinking and feeling very intensely and i would like to say i am sincerely sorry. it is obvious to me now that you were right; all those who said we can’t in good conscience go to that place and support it or look past for one moment what it deeply represents. i needed a wake up call and you gave it to me.
it was a great oversight on my part to not request a change of venue immediately from the promoter. you tried to tell me about that oversight and i wasn’t available to you. i’m sorry for that too.
know that i am digging deeper.
Okay– Seems legit to me. Sometime when you have your head up your ass, it can take a few days and some deep thinking to remove it. Later, she even posted that she had read Sarah Milstein’s 5 Ways White Feminists Can Address Our Own Racism, which has been mentioned a few times on DDP.
Having her fan base forgive her depends on further action, and further apology. Hopefully she can “dig deeper” like she said she would, and let us know how it all goes. Maybe she can find a program or nonprofit to donate to as a way of making reparations to the black community. Maybe she can write a sweet new song about getting called out, and remind other white feminists of their own internalized racisms. This is not a conversation that will end any time soon. It is not a conversation that should.