Racial tensions

Woman faces death threats on social media after complaining about cotton decor at Hobby Lobby

Daniell Rider on the left speaking with KCEN-TV reporter Emani Payne. (YouTube)

A Texas woman says she’s been targeted with racial abuse and death threats after she complained to crafts company Hobby Lobby on Facebook about faux cotton decorative plants that she felt were offensive.

In her Facebook post, Daniell Rider had said that she found the decorative plants “WRONG on SO many levels.”

“There is nothing decorative about raw cotton… a commodity which was gained at the expense of African-American slaves,” Rider wrote. “A little sensitivity goes a long way. PLEASE REMOVE THIS ‘decor.'”

A number of people appeared to agree with Rider, as her post quickly accumulated more than 25,000 likes as of Thursday. But the post also generated more than 255,000 comments, many of which lambasted Rider or black people in general. A surprisingly large number of comments also made the seemingly irrelevant observation that white people also picked cotton.

“I swear blk people Will take anything to the next Level of stupidity and ignorance,” wrote one Facebook user.

“I think you have taken your feeling of ‘entitlement’ a little too far,” another Facebook user chimed in. “You and probably your great grandparents have most likely never SEEN a cotton field much less picked the cotton from one! There are scores of whites that have worked in the cotton field. My Mother and siblings being some of them … So don’t try to lay the old ‘slave days’ guilt trip on us in this day and age.”

Speaking with KCEN-TV reporter Emani Payne on Wednesday, Rider said she was shocked at the response her post had generated, but that she had no regrets over her decision to share her feelings.

“I wasn’t trying to be divisive,” said Rider. “I am simply a consumer talking to a retailer. And, all I said was I found something offensive.”

Watch WCEN’s full interview below.

Read the full story at WKYC.

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