For the left, the microaggression du jour is cotton, apparently.
Last week, a woman by the name of Daniell Rider slammed Hobby Lobby in a Facebook post over an innocuous display of cotton in vases.
“This décor is WRONG on SO many levels,” she wrote. "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," she added.
As of writing, the post was shared more than 20,000 times, it garnered over 216,000 comments, and 94,000 people reacted to it.
Most people defended the display and pointed out the hypocrisy of the woman’s post if she has no problem with cotton clothing.
“It’s a plant. Chill,” one person wrote.
Others pointed out that white people picked cotton, too.
“My mother and her family picked cotton when she was growing up in Tennessee and we're white,” one Facebook user wrote. “There was nothing racial about picking it--if you wanted to work, you picked cotton--period. For those who aren't familiar with cotton picking, it's not pleasant. Cotton plants are thorny and scratch you bloody. It was a thankless job, but someone had to do it and in the depression, you were glad to have any work.”
Alas, Hobby Lobby wasn’t the only place someone was recently triggered by cotton.
African American students complained about the cotton stalk centerpieces that were used at a dinner the president of Nashville’s Lipscomb University hosted for them.
“The content of the centerpieces was offensive, and I could have handled the situation with more sensitivity,” President Randy Lowry wrote in a Facebook post. “I sincerely apologize for the discomfort, anger or disappointment we caused and solicit your forgiveness.”