African-American students at Lipscomb University offended by cotton centerpieces on table, receive apology

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On Saturday, Fox News’ Todd Starnes said that the president of Lipscomb University apologized after an unknown number of African-American students were offended by centerpieces that included stalks of cotton.

“Yes, good readers – a group of college students was triggered by the fabric of our lives,” he said.

Starnes wrote:

Randy Lowry, president of the Christian university based in Nashville, had invited African American students to his home for dinner last week.

One student who attended the gathering posted a diatribe on Instagram – along with a photo of the “offensive” centerpiece.

“We were very offended,” the student wrote. “My friend … asked why there was cotton on the table as the centerpiece. His response was that he didn’t know, he seen it before we did, he kind of thought it was ‘fallish’, THEN he said, “it ISNT INHERENTLY BAD IF WERE ALL WEARING IT.”

Moreover, students were apparently offended by the meal itself, which reportedly included macaroni and cheese, collard greens and corn bread.

One student noted: “The night before Latinos also had dinner at his house and they had tacos. They also DIDN’T have the center piece that we HAD tonight.”

So I attend Lipscomb university and as most of you know that is a predominately white school. Tonight AFRICAN AMERICAN students were invited to have dinner with the president of the school. As we arrived to the president's home and proceeded to go in we seen cotton as the center pieces. We also stood and ate dinner, there were no seats to sit in and it felt very uncomfortable. We were very offended, and also the meals that were provided resembled many "black meals" they had mac n cheese, collard greens, corn bread etc. The night before Latinos also had dinner at his house and they had tacos. They also DIDN'T have the center piece that we HAD tonight. A couple of minutes went by, the president was coming around and asking for our names and what our major was. He finally got to our table and my friend @kay_cyann asked why there was cotton on the table as the center piece. His response was that he didn't know, he seen it before we did, he kind of thought it was " fallish", THEN he said " it ISNT INHERENTLY BAD IF WERE ALL WEARING IT " then walked off. Later on all of us that were there were invited into the home, and we had the impression that we were coming to speak about how us as Black people feel about Lipscomb. The whole entire time we were in their home they only talked about themselves( how they met, got married and ended up at lipscomb) & the ONLY question that we were asked was our transformation coming to lipscomb. A couple of women answered the question but they sugar coated it. They said any other questions that we may have can be emailed to the advocate for the Latinos and that a second meeting may be held. Also we don't have an advocate on campus, the only African American advocate we had, no longer works here. The only advocate available to us is the advocate for the Latinos. They claim to have funding for minorities, BUT you have to live up to the expectations of a typical Black family to even get the 1000$.There is NO FUNDING for just us black students. #share

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Lowry posted an apology on the school’s Facebook page.

“Last night we invited Lipscomb African American students to our home for dinner to discuss their experiences at Lipscomb. Several students shared with me their concern about the material used for centerpieces which contained stalks of cotton,” he said.

“The content of the centerpieces was offensive, and I could have handled the situation with more sensitivity. I sincerely apologize for the discomfort, anger or disappointment we caused and solicit your forgiveness,” he added.  “I welcome the opportunity to continue this conversation.”

Starnes added:

Instead of a cordial, ‘thank you,’ the students pitched a public hissy fit.

What a bunch of ingrates.

And since cotton causes them such grave offense, I have to assume that most of them were wearing polyester to the dinner party.

Lipscomb University is doing a grave disservice by apologizing to a bunch of young people feigning to be victims of Lord knows what.

“By the way, what’s wrong with collard greens and cornbread and macaroni and cheese? Back home in Deep South we don’t call that ‘black meals’ or ‘white meals.’ We just call that good eatin’,” he said.

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