Why Did Lady Antebellum Changed Her Name After BLM Protests?
As the anti-racist protests happen across the United States, triggered after the tragic murder of George Floyd, people are seeing some change. Anti-racist books are selling out, people are marching on the streets to raise awareness, and even statues of Confederate members are being beheaded and toppled over. In a similar motivation, the Grammy-winning country band Lady Antebellum also changed their name to simply Lady A. However, after all this time, we now ask, what did Antebellum mean anyway?
Lady Antebellum Had A Nice Ring To It
Lady Antebellum members Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley, and Dave Haywood first got the idea of the name from a home they were staying in back in 2006. They originally wanted to name themselves Springdale. Kelley explains:
“…but names are so hard to come up with. I was like man that’s a beautiful Antebellum house, and that’s cool, maybe there’s a haunted ghost or something in there like Lady Antebellum. We all thought it sounded cool, like southern rock.”
Meaning Of The Word Antebellum
The dictionary word Antebellum literally means “before the war”, and comes from Latin: ante bellum. The thing is that the word carries a high association with the situation post-US Civil War where plantation styled architectures carried stately columns and Spanish moss-draped trees. Women wearing hoop skirts, and all. However, when we talk about the plantation, one thing that comes to mind is slavery.
Plantations were built by black slaves. Although the term is not offensive itself, people use it to glorify a historical period where Black people were slaves to those with lighter skin tones. May it is culture, fashion, or even architecture, all carried the influence of historical events that may lose its meaning today. However, it is still there for those who want to learn about what inspired such trends. Lady Antebellum group found this out and decided to fix it.
Lady Antebellum just dropped Antebellum from their name.
no one wants to be associated with racism anymore, not even country musicians. It's really something.
— Noah Berlatsky (@nberlat) June 11, 2020
In the end, Lady Antebellum clarified their stance to the fans:
“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.”