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University President Apologizes for Offensive Floral Arrangement


I am all for being a good hostess when people come to my home for a visit. But in this day and age, there is just no way possible to anticipate the countless number of ways that people may become offended. Our snowflake generation is getting even more fragile, if that’s even possible.

A university president at Lipscomb University, in Tennessee, invited a group of black students over to his home and offended them so much that he had to make a formal apology. The offense? His floral centerpieces contained cotton stalks. How could he?!

Students were “angry” and “uncomfortable” with the floral displays. Cotton stalks can be found in any floral department of any craft store. They are often used as accent pieces in floral decorations. The United States is the number one cotton exporter in the world. Cotton is a large part of the economy of the south. It is commonplace to see cotton included in floral arrangements in the south. This should be a non-issue.

But for the students, apparently the link between cotton and slavery triggered negative feelings. Do they honestly believe the university president did this on purpose? Do they honestly think this display was racist? I have a really hard time believing anyone would make that charge, or respond to it. But the university president begged forgiveness for being “careless.”

H/T The Daily Caller

“A university president in Tennessee apologized Friday for hosting black students in his home, which displayed a cotton decoration.

Randy Lowry, president of Lipscomb University, apologized for showing centerpieces bearing cotton stalks while hosting black students at his home in an email sent to the school Friday and posted on Facebook.

“The content of the centerpieces was offensive, and I could have handled the situation with more sensitivity,” said Lowry. “I sincerely apologize for the discomfort, anger or disappointment we caused and solicit your forgiveness.”

The president reported that multiple students confided in him about the cotton decoration displayed during a Thursday dinner he hosted at his home for black students to share their experiences at Lipscomb with him.

“I have heard from a number of students who would like to spend more time together engaging in conversation,” said Lowry. “I am most pleased to do so either in small groups or individually.”

Other schools have taken action to try to redress the grievances of black students. The University of Missouri hosted segregated microaggression therapy sessions in August. (RELATED: Mizzou Offers ‘Microaggressions’ Therapy For Black Students ‘Surviving’ At ‘White Institution’)

The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to Lowry and Lipscomb for comment, but received none in time for press.”

This is clearly an example of the old adage “no good deed goes unpunished.” Here we have a university president who is trying to reach out to black students and make things better for his campus, and he ends up basically being accused of racism.

Crying racism in a situation like this takes credibility away from instances of racism that are actually true. I have no doubt racism exists and is a problem. But stories like this just make people tune out on the issue and actually works against the plight of minorities who wish to bring awareness to the issue.

No word yet if any of the attendees at the gathering were wearing cotton underwear.


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