Last Friday, after the president of Lipscomb University apologized for hosting black students in a house which had cotton decorations, Facebook user Frank Jones, a self proclaimed “old white dude,” took to social media to express his strong feelings about political correctness.
***The post quickly went viral, but is no longer available to the public.***
“This is for all those black college kids who were so offended by the cotton centerpiece. My guess is not a single one has ever been in a cotton field,” Jones wrote in the caption of the photo below.
“Well folks this is what it looks like to crop cotton,” he added. “Grew up doing this. Started picking cotton at age 6. Worked our farm and worked for neighbors farms. Did I mention some were black? Didn’t matter when you had to get the crop in. All by hand so we helped each other. Black and white we worked together, ate together and shared the same water jug.”
He also used the post to express his frustration with “people being offended by everything and protesting things they don’t even really have an understanding of.”
“Yes I am white. Yes I am a proud son of the South. Yes I grew up eating what those college kids called ‘black food’ as if they even knew ‘soul food’ is what everyone in the South ate,” he said.
“Tonight I’m having pork butts, mustard greens, black eye peas and cornbread. So how about shut the hell up and grow up!” he concluded.
Altogether, there were more than 45,000 shares and over 12,000 comments on the photo.
“Couple of folks think I was off base with that post but most understood my intent,” Jones wrote. “No black person I grew up working with ever mentioned anything about cotton reminding them of slavery. And yes, we talked about the civil war and about the then policy of segregation.”
“It was the segregated South but not in the cotton fields or the one general store we had or in our conversations. We all had hope it would change one day,” he added.