FILE PHOTO: The 53rd Annual CMA Awards - Arrivals - Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.


C and w’s Girl Antebellum alters name since of slavery association

SUBMIT PICTURE: The 53 rd Yearly CMA Awards– Arrivals– Nashville, Tennessee, U.S., November 13, 2019– Girl Antebellum. REUTERS/Charles Pulliam/File Image

June 11, 2020

LOS ANGELES (Reuters)– C and w group Girl Antebellum on Thursday altered its name to Girl A, stating it regretted its blindspot over the name’s association with a time of slavery in the United States.

The trio, among the most effective in c and w, stated in an open letter that they took the name 14 years earlier after the Southern antebellum design house where they took their very first images.

“But 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. We are deeply sorry for the hurt this has caused and for anyone who has felt unsafe, unseen or unvalued,” the group included.

Antebellum is a term utilized to explain culture in the Southern United States prior to the American Civil War when slavery was an accepted practice.

The group, formed in Nashville in 2006 and best understood for hit records like Grammy-winner “Need You Now,” stated the modification was made in reaction to mass demonstrations over systemic bigotry in the United States stimulated by the death of African-American George Floyd under the knee of a white policeman.

“We’ve watched and listened more than ever these past few weeks, and our hearts have been stirred with conviction, our eyes opened wide to the injustices, inequality and biases black women and men have always faced and continue to face every day. Now, blindspots we didn’t even know existed have been revealed,” the group included.

The choice follows the withdrawal from the HBO Max streaming platform today of Oscar-winning Civil War film “Gone With the Wind” since of its representation of racial bias at that time.

Girl A is formed by vocalist Hillary Scott from Tennessee, guitar player Charles Kelley from North Carolina and guitar and piano gamer Dave Haywood from Georgia.

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Modifying by Nick Zieminski)

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