Daniell Rider of Killeen, Texas, took to Hobby Lobby's Facebook page on Friday to voice her displeasure with an item her local store had for sale. The item, a branch of cotton in a glass vase, has acquired more than 211,000 comments on Facebook, sparking a lively discussion.
Rider's post reads:
"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.'"
The majority of commenters seemed to disagree with Rider's point of view. One user wrote...
"As a Black person who had ancestors who were slaves and picked cotton, I'm not offended by the use of cotton as decor. It's a product that's both useful and attractive. It's not hateful or insensitive to display it or use it in any way. Let's not get carried away! There are many hateful, bigoted symbols, thoughts and behaviors around us but this isn't one of them!"
While another added:
"To each is own but I as an African-American do not find any offense in this. Honestly, I have been eying a cotton wreath that Amazon sells. My family is from NC and for generations we have picked cotton (against our will and not). I have also picked cotton in the summers in NC. And I have always found cotton in its rawest stage very beautiful and different. Let's not make every little thing about race."
One commenter wrote...
"Seriously?! I am an African-American woman and I don't find this at all offensive! I'm trying to figure out why you did? Absolutely there is a lot going on in our country right now in regards to race, but please don't add to the conversation this way! Don't read into things that are not there. For sure, some stuff is deliberately hurtful or insulting, but some is not!"
What do you think of this controversy?