My question refers to the connotation of the word " plantation"
I had no idea it can be considered offensive , until one of my students comments were hidden and labeled offensive on Instagram containing the word.
I was teaching some collocations like tea plantation, coffee plantation, etc.
I just guessed the AI catagorized the comment racist, (although it has nothing to do with it) just because cotton plantation reminded me of the novel Gone with the wind and slavery.
I looked into some forums like Quora , people don't agree if it's bad to use or not.
My question is should I add something to my lesson, giving a heads up to be careful with this word to the people I shared my lesson with? Is it really an offensive word? and if it is, Is it just considered offensive in the US ? or in other English speaking places as well?
and should I really say tea farm ,for example, if it's huge, it's a business , and etc , there are no animals there, I should say tea farm not plantation?
cause I don't want to offend anybody by my ignorance to their feeling or what's going on.
I'd appreciate it if you would share your ideas with me on that?