The Hobby Lobby cotton display in question. (Photo: Facebook/Hobby Lobby

Hobby Lobby cotton display goes viral for being ‘racist’

Crafts store Hobby Lobby is taking serious heat for a store display that one woman is calling “racist.”

On Thursday, Facebook user Daniell Rider posted a photo to Hobby Lobby’s Facebook page, of a vase of cotton flowers displayed in a Texas store. She captioned it, “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 ‘décor.’”

The $29.99 stems (marked down to $15 on the company website) was shared more than 15K times and earned 169K comments, an overwhelming majority of which ridiculed Rider for being “too sensitive” and a few that defended her stance.

“LOL likely written by someone wearing a cotton T-shirt and cotton jeans and cotton underwear,” wrote one Facebook user. “Must not of thought that one through,” wrote someone else.

“Boycott Hobby Lobby,” wrote another.

“This is crazy. Cotton is a fact of life,” added one. “People still pick it. That happened 150 years ago. Slaves also picked tobacco, harvested rice and many other things. We can’t just get rid of them. Well Lowe’s sells chains and rope. You think they should get rid of that too?”

Hobby Lobby did not return Yahoo Lifestyle’s request for comment; however, cotton has been igniting backlash recently.

On Friday, Randy Lowry, the president of Lipscomb University in Nashville, sent an apology letter to African-American students who recently visited his home to discuss university life, some of whom objected to cotton-stalk centerpieces at the president’s home (although it’s unknown whether they were the same that were sold at Hobby Lobby).

“The content of the centerpieces was offensive, and I could have handled the situation with more sensitivity,” Lowry wrote. “I sincerely apologize for the discomfort, anger or disappointment we caused and solicit your forgiveness.”

Article source: Yahoo Beauty


A quick outside note: Don’t you just love it when someone take the time to read an article in its entirety and ask why this even got a millisecond of attention as like it didn’t get THEIR ATTENTION?

Ok got that out of the way.

We’re not promoting or condemning Hobby Lobby, nor are we condemning cotton because like one of the comments said, we wear it ALL THE DAMN TIME. So I think we’re all racists that promotes slavery (which is a mindset by the way, not a commodity) because, you know, cotton. The fabric of our life.

This is why I feel African Americans aren’t “African” Americans, just dark skinned cry babies that has the thinnest skin of all times that contradict their desposition of the nigger word from a “white” person, but call each other nigger or “niggas” without a bat of an eye. And certain “white social justice warriors” that continue to promote the softy victimizing sub-humanity of the branded “African-American” tribe. Keep in mind this is not aimed toward black and/or dark skinned human beings like myself that call ourselves just “black”, or better — human beings, this is for the alleged “African Americans” — which more likely never been to the REAL Africa let alone out of the country. And these are the same people (that’s right, I said THESE PEOPLE…as long as they separate themselves from everyone else in the human species as though they have a right to be victims of a so-call HIStory that was told to them that they never experienced and doesn’t even know if half of the stories are true but mostly allegations because they weren’t even there UNLESS…..they believe in reincarnation and remember a past life as a “slave”) who more likely to call another black person an “Uncle Tom” because that black person is seeing the illogic stupidity in the mere assumption of it being racist.

So for this simple display of a product for sale to anyone who desires to buy it with their own money to be called racist because of someone else inner guilt of being racist and calling it “wrong” is laughable and instead — seen a big huge mirror. That product didn’t do anything to her or no one, unless of course it has supernatural powers that spoke to her and told her to get her “coon ass” or “nigger loving ass” out of here because her kind isn’t welcomed. Hey you never know! If she say that, I’d believe her, haunted objects are a bitch.

Being “wrong” about something to you might be something “right” to me based on your culture, beliefs, self image and perceptions. That doesn’t make anything right or wrong. With that being said, whether you run your own freelance business, running a mom and pop, or a multinational corporation, when you cower to political correctness and spend…not invest…SPEND investors (or your) money on figuring out what and how to avoid offending someone when displaying or selling a product, that’s when I choose to shop somewhere else that stands for their business and creativity.

And don’t worry, this young lady can shop somewhere else where majority of customers are wearing cotton made clothes and products aren’t sensitive. Again, nothing against her or Hobby Lobby, just an observation of the hilarious contradiction of it all. And it’s also worthy to note that picking cotton wasn’t just a “black” thing.

It’s called agriculture. TFI


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