The women of "The Sisterhood" found themselves in an argument with deep racial connotations dating back to the era of slavery in the United States. DeLana had a sign hanging in front of her house that she clearly didn't think much of, but Domonique found it offensive. The sign read "The Rutherford Plantation."
Domonique understandably found the use of the term "Plantation" to be offensive. This wasn't a historical marker, but rather a decorative sign. Still, DeLana simply said, "It's offensive to you, Domonique." DeLana defined the word plantation to mean "just a style of home," but Domonique saw the racism inherent in the history of the term.
"Not just to me," Domonique responded. "Well, of course, it’s not offensive to you, because of your position and what you’ve stated. I’ll be the bad person. Welcome to the plantation, y’all!"
This upset DeLana, who is white. She thought it was pretty obvious by this point that she wasn't racist based on her friendships. "Plantation" is one of those words that brings up a lot of bad history -- especially in the South -- and has deeper levels of meaning for different people.
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