What is an Antebellum plantation themed party?

BACHELOR contestant Rachael Kirkconnell is under fire for her social media history, which includes photos of her at a controversial Antebellum-themed party.

Kirkconnell attended the antebellum themed ball – which was thrown by the college fraternity, Kappa Alpha – while at Georgia College & State University in 2018.

What is an Antebellum plantation themed party?

The Antebellum South was a period in the history of the southern United States, from the late 18th century until the start of the American Civil War in 1891.

The development of separate northern and southern economies, westward expansion of the nation, and a spirit of reform marked the era.

Wealthy southern planters wielded most of the economic and political power of the country.

During the antebellum years, the "elite class" created their own societal standards "defining ideals of southern white manhood and womanhood and shaping the culture of the south."

Enslaved African people made up a large portion of the southern population during this time

An Antebellum party, which is now known as an "Old South" party, is a widely known event in college associated with the fraternity Kappa Alpha.

Kappa Alpha has been criticized as "racist” due to its embrace of Confederate General Robert E. Lee as its “spiritual leader”.

An Old South celebration has previously been held on plantations, have used Confederate flags for decoration with guests dressing up in antebellum-style clothing.

Antebellum-era celebrations have been widely criticized for the roots in slavery and racism.

What are the antebellum photo of Rachael Kirkconnell?

Kirkconnell faced backlash earlier this month after photos of her at a "antebellum plantation-themed ball" while at Georgia College & State University in 2018 resurfaced.

Kirkconnell was a member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority.

Kirkconnell was also alleged to have liked racist social media posts in the past.

One snap that she had liked shows two Caucasian women dressed in a hula outfit posing in front a Confederate flag. 

In the photo, from the above mentioned ball, Kirkconnell is dressed in an antebellum-style dress.

Kappa Alpha throws their annual bash during “Old South Week” – a popular event that has previously been held on plantations and used Confederate flags for decoration. 

Kirkconnell was also alleged to have liked racist social media posts in the past.

One snap that she had liked shows two Caucasian women dressed in a hula outfit posing in front a Confederate flag. 

Another displays a trio of ladies proudly posing in traditional Mexican ponchos and sombreros while donning large fake moustaches. 

Kirkconnel's mother has come to her daughter's defense after TikTok user named Maddy Bierster accused Kirkconnell of bullying her in high school for "liking black guys."

On February 11, 2021, The Bachelor contestant broke her silence on the race ow.

Taking to Instagram she apologized and pledged to educate herself while encouraging others to learn from her mistakes, writing: "Racial progress and unity are impossible without (white) accountability, and I deserve to be held accountable for my actions."

What did Bachelor host Chris Harrison say about the photos?

The Bachelor host, Chris Harrison issued an apology after he was slammed for "perpetuating racism" as he "defended" Kirkconnell.

Harrison came under fire for his comments with former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay about the Matt James frontrunners current “racist” scandal. 

In an interview on February 9, 2021, with Lindsay – the first Black lead in franchise history – Harrison said: “We all need to have a little grace, a little understanding, a little compassion.

“Because I've seen some stuff online… again, this 'judge, jury, executioner' thing where people are just tearing this girl's life apart.

“And diving into…her parents voting record…it's unbelievably alarming to watch this!

"I haven't heard Rachael speak on this yet, and until I actually hear this woman have a chance to speak, who am I to say [anything]?”

Then on February 10, 2021, Harrison took to Instagram and apologized for his comments in the interview, calling them a “mistake” in a lengthy post.

Bachelor fans are now demanding ABC fire Harrison for "defending" Kirkconnell's "racist" allegations.

In addition to Harrison's controversy trending on Twitter all week, a mass petition with 25,000 signatures and counting urged the show to drop its host of 20 years from the franchise.

The petition is titled, “Remove Chris Harrison from the Bachelor Franchise.”

According to the change.com appeal, Harrison “has a history of misogyny and racist behavior and racist-sympathizing behavior.”

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