In today’s always-connected world, there are an inordinate amount of posts on social media about seemingly simple things that ‘trigger’ others to have thoughts of racism and other -isms.
While there’s no question the various -isms exist in some way, shape, or form, they continue to receive an astronomical amount of attention from Democratic leaders and the mainstream media.
Hence, these things remain at the top of the mind for some folks. As such, they keep their eyes wide open for situations that fit the bill, and they’re sure to share their findings with the world.
Our latest example comes courtesy of a tabletop decoration from Hobby Lobby. They are no strangers to political controversy, but this one is just kooky.
Independent Journal Review reports:
That’s right, apparently having a table decoration of cotton is offensive to certain people because it is a “commodity which was gained at the expense of African-American slaves.”
The post has gone viral with almost 100,000 Facebook comments at the time this article was published.
A woman came across the decoration in the store, and it sounds like she became really upset. She wasn’t the only one to have her day ruined by a tabletop decoration either.
It was apparently sitting on the table for a dinner attended by African-American students at Lipscomb University in Tennessee, and they were sure to share the traumatic experience.
The student writes in the post:
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.
The post goes on to explain that the school president was confronted over the decoration, and he essentially didn’t think too much of it. Then the post went viral. The president caved.
Lowry wrote in an email apology:
The content of the centerpieces was offensive, and I could have handled the situation with more sensitivity. I sincerely apologize for the discomfort, anger or disappointment we caused and solicit your forgiveness.
It’s unclear what the solution is for those that find them triggered by so many things.
Perhaps Hobby Lobby needs to hire a trigger detector to inspect its full line of inventory before upsetting other folks unnecessarily.
Or maybe those that are always looking to stir the pot can be banned from social media. We’ll vote for the latter.
Source: Independent Journal Review