I know it’s a cliche’ but you can’t make this stuff up. From The Daily Dot:
‘Cotton fields is not normal’: Black TikToker says she showed up to Airbnb with cotton field, sparking debate
“Y’all why did my cousin book this AirBnB with a cotton field in the yard?” TikToker @thechocolateweeb writes in the overlay text of a now-viral video she posted on Friday…
“It is actually pretty decent inside,” Bell says. “Being put in an area like [a cotton field] unexpectedly as a Black person does trigger you a little bit and makes you feel uncomfortable.”
She also mentions that she experienced an “urge” to pick the cotton—not that she wanted to “go back to slavery,” of course.
“It’s an odd feeling that you feel so close to history,” Bell says.
Three questions come to mind.
Firstly, did her sensitivity to history come to her through family tradition, by word of mouth from her grand parents or great grandparents? If so, then I might have some sympathy. In my eyes, the transfer of family history, from generation to generation is a beautiful thing; it’s an important component to a natural, organic, self. If she was brought up, from an early age, with such family traditions, because she came from a family of sharecroppers, then (at least in my mind), her being triggered might be a normal thing. In a sense, she’s living her own history. Good for her…
But it’s more likely that her sensitivity comes from years of public school “We Was Slaves!” curriculum, corporate media victim-indoctrination and Afro-centric movies. In other words, junk-sources.
I’d like to take credit for first noticing this type of distinction, but I actually saw it in a YouTube video concerning historic Chinese traditions. I think it was a video by Laowhy. I can’t locate the specific video right now. In any case, After decades of destroying authentic Chinese traditions and artifacts, the Chinese Communist Party is now encouraging Confucianism, Tai Chi, Kung Fu, and Traditional Chinese Medicine – and harnessing the power of these traditions to its own nefarious ends. The result is an outer shell of what LOOKS LIKE traditional Chinese culture, but is actually a tool of tyranny. Communists in the US have done the same thing with black history.
My second question is: Where does all this end? Does this woman get triggered by trees? After all, many blacks were lynched on trees. Maybe her cloths contain cotton. Why is she not triggered by that?
My third question is: If something as innocuous as a cotton field can “spark debate,” then we should ask ourselves how we allowed our society to become so fragile. We should be looking for ways to cure this insanity.