The ex-slaves are revolting.
It’s not that they won’t pick cotton any more, but that they don’t want to see cotton being sold.
The butt hurt runs deep. Read on.
A woman’s Facebook post questioning the appropriateness of cotton boll decor has gone viral.
Daniell Rider of Killeen, Texas, posted a picture of bouquets of cotton stalks apparently for sale at Hobby Lobby and asked the retailer to remove the items. Her full message to Hobby Lobby:
This decor is WRONG on SO many levels. There is nothing decorative about raw cotton… A commodity which was gained at the expense of African-American slaves.
A little sensitivity goes a long way.
PLEASE REMOVE THIS “decor”.
As of 8 a.m. Tuesday, the post had been shared more than 19,000 times and had more than 207,000 comments.
The conversation comes at the same time a Tennessee university president is apologizing for using cotton stalk decor at a dinner for black students at his home. On Facebook, Lipscomb University President Randy Lowry said “several students” shared their concerns about the centerpieces of cotton.
At least one of the students posted a picture of the centerpieces on social media, saying she “felt very offended.”
So I attend Lipscomb university and as most of you know that is a predominately white school. Tonight AFRICAN AMERICAN students were invited to have dinner with the president of the school. As we arrived to the president's home and proceeded to go in we seen cotton as the center pieces. We also stood and ate dinner, there were no seats to sit in and it felt very uncomfortable. We were very offended, and also the meals that were provided resembled many "black meals" they had mac n cheese, collard greens, corn bread etc. The night before Latinos also had dinner at his house and they had tacos. They also DIDN'T have the center piece that we HAD tonight. A couple of minutes went by, the president was coming around and asking for our names and what our major was. He finally got to our table and my friend @kay_cyann asked why there was cotton on the table as the center piece. His response was that he didn't know, he seen it before we did, he kind of thought it was " fallish", THEN he said " it ISNT INHERENTLY BAD IF WERE ALL WEARING IT " then walked off. Later on all of us that were there were invited into the home, and we had the impression that we were coming to speak about how us as Black people feel about Lipscomb. The whole entire time we were in their home they only talked about themselves( how they met, got married and ended up at lipscomb) & the ONLY question that we were asked was our transformation coming to lipscomb. A couple of women answered the question but they sugar coated it. They said any other questions that we may have can be emailed to the advocate for the Latinos and that a second meeting may be held. Also we don't have an advocate on campus, the only African American advocate we had, no longer works here. The only advocate available to us is the advocate for the Latinos. They claim to have funding for minorities, BUT you have to live up to the expectations of a typical Black family to even get the 1000$.There is NO FUNDING for just us black students. #share
“The content of the centerpieces was offensive, and I could have handled the situation with more sensitivity,” the university president wrote on the school official Facebook page. “I sincerely apologize for the discomfort, anger or disappointment we caused and solicit your forgiveness.”
How DARE Lipscomb University invite ONLY blacks to dinner? Their president, Randy Lowry, is a RETARD. He’s going to be hearing from me when I get the chance to look up his email address.