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Photo Credit: Sodahead

Photo Credit: Sodahead

You may not support another person’s stand regarding the Confederate flag controversy, and that’s okay. It isn’t racist or bigoted, but neither does it mean that others have to believe as you or I do. As long as we live in the US, we are each entitled to our own opinion, and that’s a great thing. It’s as great as the rule that, if one has an opinion, others must accept that his or hers may differ. That may be a bitch, but its a wonderful system.

The same can be said for the latest act of defiance against the oppression and servitude once subjected upon black slaves in the Old South. Tens of people from a couple of states have chosen to never again use a bottle of medicine that has been packed with cotton. Their reasoning, says one anonymous protester from Palmer, Massachusetts: The group’s refusal to pick cotton from medicine bottles symbolizes their solidarity against the oppression of our black brethren who were forced to do so as slaves.

The group, which calls itself NoMoCoBa, short for “No More Cotton Balls,” has been growing since last Tuesday. Though exact membership numbers for the organization are a closely guarded secret, the anonymous source (who says her day job is as an insurance agent) assures that the group’s reach is nationwide. She promises to hopefully spread the word with a Facebook page and Twitter account, both of which she tries to work on in her free time.

In the meantime, she asks that anyone who is offended by the thought of plucking those little balls of spun material out of the plastic bottles marketed by giant corporations to take a stand. She reasons that, by making even one part of corporate America hurt, the message might travel.