A woman from Texas complains about a Hobby Lobby display and it sparked a heated discussion online.
Daniell Rider posted a photo and a message to the craft chain’s Facebook page, saying cotton – a prime export of the pre-Civil War South – in a glass vase was “so wrong on so many levels.”
There is nothing decorative about raw cotton…A commodity which was gained at the expense of African-American slaves,” she said. “A little sensitivity goes a long way. PLEASE REMOVE THIS ‘decor.’”
The post has since been shared almost 23,000 times, has 105,000 reactions and 255,000 comments, many of which are defending the display.
“Ummm… it’s cotton… wtf…its 2017… do you know some slaves in 2017 that picked this cotton and didn’t get paid for it,” asked one user.
“My dad is WHITE and 86 years old. He grew up in a small town in Texas where he lived on a farm with his 5 siblings and parents growing and picking cotton for a living. Now, tell me how this is racist again,” commented by one user.
The fake cotton sticks typically sell for $6.99 to $15.99 online and up to $29.99 in stores, according to Hobby Lobby’s website.
“Offer your space a touch of natural beauty with Cotton Bouquet,” a description says. “This realistic floral arrangement is wrapped in brown paper with clusters of soft cotton buds on individual stems. Place it in a vase with other stems for a stunning, long-lasting centerpiece without the pesky water!”