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'Lady Antebellum' Is Dropping Racially Charged 'Antebullum' From The Band's Official Name

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By Mike Walters

Country band 'Lady Antebellum' is officially changing its name to rid itself of the association to slavery and the civil war, the band just announced.

According to a statement issued by the group, they will no longer be known by that name and will take on its nickname, 'Lady A.'

In their message, the band says 'Lady A' is the "nickname our fans gave us almost from the start," and as of today the 'Antebullem' will be dropped from all band merchandise and concerts.

See The Statment...

'Our Eyes Opened Wide To Injustices'

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"As a band, we have strived for our music to be a refuge…inclusive of all," they said in the post. "We’ve watched and listened more than ever these last 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," the statement begins.

FYI -- 'Antebellum' refers to the 'Antebellum South' a period in the Southern United States before the civil war, and obviously when slavery was legal and widely done in the area.

They continued...

Bands Explains They Chose The Name After Posing In Front Of An 'Antebellum' Home

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The band explained they chose the name after taking a photo in front of an antebellum-style home, for the first time as a group.

It was almost 14 years ago.

"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," the statement read.

Adding, they are "deeply sorry for the hurt this has caused and for anyone who has felt unsafe, unseen or unvalued."

'Causing Pain Was Never In Our Hearts'

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"Causing pain was never our hearts’ intention, but it doesn’t change the fact that indeed, it did just that," the band wrote. Adding, "So today, we speak up and make a change. We hope you will dig in and join us.⁣⁣⁣"

The band said they feel "awakened" by the current 'Black Lives Matter' movement and say they would be making a donation to the Equal Justice Initiative.

"Our prayer is that if we lead by example…with humility, love, empathy and action…we can be better allies to those suffering from spoken and unspoken injustices while influencing our children & generations to come," the message ended.

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