Everything is racist — everything. That’s apparently the message that a frustrating number of college-age liberals believe… and their faux outrage seems to be getting worse.
The popular retail store Hobby Lobby is the latest target of race-obsessed crusaders. A young woman named Daniell Rider recently walked into one of their locations in Texas, and was “triggered” by a table decoration.
“This decor is WRONG on SO many levels,” the hysterical shopper posted on Hobby Lobby’s Facebook page, along with a photo of the offending item: A festive-looking decoration of white cotton in glass vases.
“There is nothing decorative about raw cotton… A commodity which was gained at the expense of African-American slaves,” Rider wailed. “A little sensitivity goes a long way. PLEASE REMOVE THIS ‘decor,’” she demanded.
It is not known if the young woman sought counseling for the decoration-induced PTSD she suffered. Cotton swabs and q-tips no doubt give her nightmares.
This fact may have escaped Daniell Rider, but no, the cotton decoration was in fact not gained at “the expense of African-American slaves.”
Unless the perpetually offended woman is 154 years old, she has zero firsthand experience with the issue she’s using as a platform for hysteria. Neither does her grandmother. Neither, most likely, does her great-grandmother.
In 2017, being up in arms over the use of cotton means being offended by a John Deere tractor — the same type of modern machinery used for cotton, corn, and countless other agricultural products.
One has to wonder if Rider is genuinely ignorant about how the modern world works, or is knowingly pretending that slavery never ended in order to gain attention.
Being offended over a cotton centerpiece is just as ludicrous as protesting displays of corn and pumpkins in autumn, or throwing a tantrum over the color blue.
After all, a fall festival might trigger images of the struggle of Native Americans and is clearly insensitive. Corn is racist.
In ancient times, the pigment used to create blue dyes came from the “lapis lazuli” stone. Civilizations including Egypt used slave laborers to mine the mineral and — gasp — if you wear blue then you’re invoking an image of slavery.
Or, as Independent Journal Review reporter Caleb Hull astutely pointed out, merely wearing cotton clothes must be just as “racist” as having a cotton decoration on a table. Burn all your cotton clothing. It’s the social justice answer.
On and on we can go, ad infinitum, ad nauseam, if Latin is your thing. Everything is offensive in some way if you want it to be.
Perhaps — here’s an idea — we could act like intelligent people and acknowledge that sometimes a decoration is just a decoration. We could understand that human history is not a perfectly polished Disney movie.
Incidents or mistakes from over a hundred years ago don’t have to define every single thing we do today. Ironically, obsessing over imagined symbols of oppression that no living person remembers makes us “slaves” to the past, and prevents us from moving forward into the future.
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