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Bed, Bath & Beyond Removes Black Jack-O'-Lanterns After Backlash - 'Extreme Lack of Sensitivity'
If there are two colors that you associate with Halloween, they’re orange and black. Given this, you would think that a black jack-o’-lantern wouldn’t spark that much controversy.
However, Bed, Bath & Beyond has taken black decorative pumpkins off of its shelves after two of them sparked a controversy in Nyack, New York.
According to News 12, the pumpkins — which have white lips, eyes and noses — first became an issue when they were put out on the front porch of a law firm in the New York village.
The law firm began to receive complaints that the pumpkins looked like they were in blackface. Not only that, but the local NAACP chapter got involved, too.
Displaying the pumpkins “shows an extreme lack of sensitivity,” according to NAACP regional director Wilbur Aldridge.
“By now I would believe everyone [would] know that anything in Black face is offensive,” Aldridge said.
“Equally as offensive is that a retail store would have such an item in [their] inventory for general purchase.”
Well, no longer — Bed, Bath & Beyond has taken them off of its shelves.
originally posted by: BomSquad
a reply to: Plotus
Yeah, the only problem is that the media fuels their desire to find things to take offense at and crucifies any who dare disagree. Non stop coverage of the racists pumpkins and their victims until they cave in and admit what horrible people they were to have racist decorations on their steps.
Hard to stay in business when people start picketing and vandalizing your business over this manufactured outrage, no matter how frivolous it is. (I'm not saying that this has happened yet, but it is usually phase 2 of these situations if the person/business doesn't immediately cave in to their "victims")