The president of Lipscomb University apologized on Friday after welcoming black students in a house with cotton decorations. One man felt furious after his apology and shared his view on social media.
Frank Jones, who refers to himself as “the old white dude,” shared a photograph on his Facebook profile on Sunday, of a white people collecting cotton in the southern United States.
The post currently it’s not available for public viewers, but at the beginning was viral and got more than 45,000 shares.
“This is for all those black college kids who were so offended by the cotton centerpiece. My guess is not a single one has ever been in a cotton field,” Jones wrote along with the photo.
“Well folks this is what it looks like to crop cotton,” he added. “Grew up doing this. Started picking cotton at age 6. Worked our farm and worked for neighbors farms. Did I mention some were black? Didn’t matter when you had to get the crop in. All by hand so we helped each other. Black and white we worked together, ate together and shared the same water jug.”
Jones also said he was frustrated of “people being offended by everything and protesting things they don’t even really have an understanding of.”
“Yes I am white. Yes I am a proud son of the South. Yes I grew up eating what those college kids called ‘black food’ as if they even knew ‘soul food’ is what everyone in the South ate,” Jones wrote.
“Tonight I’m having pork butts, mustard greens, black eye peas and cornbread. So how about shut the hell up and grow up!” he ended.
Almost 12,000 people wrote a comment on the picture, saying they felt exactly like Jones.
“My mother agrees whole heartedly! She’s proud to say she was a share cropper,” one user wrote.
“Good little speech there! I agree the younger ones have not studied history,” another said.
This isn’t the first time Jones approaching this political climate topic, as he has many other posts on his page about it.
Tuesday, Jones said he won’t be sharing his posts publicly for a while.
He also said he didn’t expect his post to receive so much positive attention, and that he is sorry for not responding to all the friend requests he got.
He also explained his post.
“Couple of folks think I was off base with that post but most understood my intent,” he wrote. “No black person I grew up working with ever mentioned anything about cotton reminding them of slavery. And yes, we talked about the civil war and about the then policy of segregation.”
“It was the segregated South but not in the cotton fields or the one general store we had or in our conversations. We all had hope it would change one day,” he added.
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