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Texas woman claims Hobby Lobby's cotton stalks are racist, Facebook post goes viral

Chron logo Chron 9/19/2017 Fernando Alfonso III, Houston Chronicle

Hobby Lobby came under criticism from one patron who felt like its cotton stem arrangements were racist.

Hobby Lobby came under criticism from one patron who felt like its cotton stem arrangements were racist.
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A Texas woman was drawn into an intense racial debate on Hobby Lobby's public Facebook page after she took offense to the company selling cotton stems.

In what appears to be a now deleted Facebook post, Daniell Rider, of Killeen, claims the store's cotton stalks were "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," Rider wrote on Facebook, according to CBS 7. "PLEASE REMOVE THIS 'decor.'"

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Rider's comment, and photo of the cotton, inspired thousands of comments on other Hobby Lobby Facebook posts, many of which were from people defending the store.

"People are too sensitive," Pam Asbridge Reeder commented Saturday afternoon. "My mother picked cotton in Alabama as a young child. We are white as rice !! Get over yourself Daniell Rider. If it wasn't for that cotton, you might just be stuck in Africa without the opportunities or privileges you have as an American. Did you EVER think about that? Not all slave owners were bad just as not all whites are bad. Some slave owners actually deeded land and homes to slaves and their families."

Hobby Lobby is still selling the cotton stems on its website, where they have been marked down from 29.99 to $15. 

A request for comment has been placed with Rider and Hobby Lobby.

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