Everything is racist in 2019 America, including jack-o’-lanterns.
Thanks to a group of “journalists” in one New York state community, the retail chain Bed Bath & Beyond has been forced to stop selling black jack-o’-lanterns and issue an apology to Perpetually Offended™ grievance mongers.
This stunning fiasco began when a law firm in the town of Nyack purchased a set of black jack-o’-lanterns from the retail outlet and placed them outside for Halloween season. According to local station News 12 Westchester, outrage promptly ensued.
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(Source: News 12 Westchester)
“The reaction from some community members led the Feerick, Nugent, MacCartney Law Offices to take the pumpkins down less than 48 hours after setting them out on the porch,” the station reported Monday.
It’s not clear how the station learned of the black jack-o’-lanterns.
“We understand that someone complained about them and so once we got word of that we immediately took them down,” Mary Marzolla, a partner at the law firm, said to the station, adding that the firm had never meant for anyone to be offended.
“We represent people of all colors and faiths, and we would never do anything to exclude anyone from any community,” she said.
Her associate Alak Shah, a man of color, seemed baffled at the fiasco.
“It’s just nothing I take offense to personally,” he said to the station. “But since it did offend someone, we took proactive steps to take it down.”
Case closed then, right? Nope.
Instead of letting the matter rest, News 12 Westchester chose to broach the matter with Bed Bath & Beyond.
“The store says they took action after we reached out to them but would not tell us if they’d received any other complaints,” the station confirmed.
Thanks to pressure from the “journalists,” the retail store chose to bow to the “mob.”
“This is a sensitive area and, though unintentional, we apologize for any offense caused. We have immediately removed the item from sale,” a spokesperson said in a statement to the Perpetually Offended™.
As of Wednesday morning, the item appeared to be gone from the retailer’s website. However, a few other potentially “problematic” items were discovered.
Take for instance these placemats available in BLACK:
Not to mention these BLACK pillows:
It’s not clear why the “journalists” at News 12 Westchester have not yet approached Bed Bath & Beyond about these “problematic” items.
The “journalists” did, however, reach out to the NAACP, a scandalous organization comprised of Perpetually Offended™ grievance mongers who cry racism over almost everything.
“By now I would believe everyone [would] know that anything in Black face is offensive. … Equally as offensive is that a retail store would have such an item in [their] inventory for general purchase,” regional NAACP director Wilbur Aldridge said.
It’s not clear how a black pumpkin is in any way similar to a human being such as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau choosing to wear blackface.
As for the public, their response has been to throw up their hands in exasperation and ask what the hell is going on in this country.
Jack o lanterns come in all colors!
What is wrong with everybody?? https://t.co/mUAFeCR3tj
— Donna Parish-Bischoff (@vampirella1967) October 22, 2019
HUH? @BedBathBeyond didn’t pull the orange jack-o-lanterns, too, cuz, you know, “Orange Man Bad”… ?
What about the black bats & cats? Those offensive, too? White ghosts? Don’t the skeletons offend fat people?#Halloween#LiberalismIsAMentalDisorder https://t.co/WUTiYpYDgj
— K ~ IndyK ? (@IndyK46220) October 23, 2019
@BedBathBeyond is pulling black jack-o-lanterns from their shelves… cause people think they’re racist… they are pumpkins… painted black… cause like, Halloween colors are black and orange. I’m not here for all this knit picking everything. It’s a ?
— Bianca Stone (@Busterbrimstone) October 23, 2019
Wait. What? I had no idea there were black jack o lanterns. BUT now that I know, I’m trying to figure out what RACE has to do with it. My GAWD PEOPLE GROW UP! Let folks have their orange, white, purple, tan, black pumpkins.
— Shannon Suttles (@prayer4life7) October 23, 2019
PSA: Anyone comes to MY house & tries to take MY black Jack ‘o Lanterns is getting punched in the throat & thrown in the trash. This shit is beyond ridiculous! (We now return to our regularly scheduled bullshit already in progress.) https://t.co/Iym0wXyupo
— Count James Dark Wolf D’Boosted??? (@JamieOrtegafree) October 23, 2019
This fiasco comes amid a push by the institutional left — i.e., liberals in academia, media, Hollywood — to sanitize Halloween by making it politically correct.
Over at the College of Charleston, for instance, school president Andrew Hsu penned a letter to students last week warning them against wearing a costume “that is insensitive to someone’s race, culture, gender or sexual identity.”
“Being respectful of all members of our campus community is the right thing to do, so when in doubt about your decision, err on the side of caution. Whether you intend to or not, your actions can cause harm to members of our community and lead to consequences from the College,” he reportedly wrote.
Costume ideas that have been deemed offensive by the institutional left include dressing up as a cowboy, Native American Indian, a border wall, as a Border Patrol agent, as really anything and everything that’s fun and makes Halloween what it is.
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