You would expect this to be a satire piece from the Onion, but black college students were “hurt, frightened, and upset” by a banana peel hanging in a tree to the point of canceling an event!
A student said he threw the peel because he could not find a garbage can. The incident made some students uneasy.
The school “felt it was imperative to provide space immediately to students affected by this incident.”
Serious folks, I don’t believe it either, but it really happened!
Campus Reform reports:
Greek Life retreat at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) was promptly cancelled this weekend after a banana peel was found hanging in a tree.
“To be clear, many members of our community were hurt, frightened, and upset by what occurred at IMPACT,” Interim Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life Alexa Lee Arndt remarked in an email between Greek leaders, according to The Daily Mississippian. “Because of the underlying reality many students of color endure on a daily basis, the conversation manifested into a larger conversation about race relations today at the University of Mississippi.”
Apparently, student Ryan Swanson admitted to discarding the banana peel in a tree after he was unable to locate a garbage can, and it was later spotted by Alpha Kappa Alpha President Makala McNeil, who leads one of the campuses historically black sororities.
“The overall tone was heavy. I mean, we were talking about race in Mississippi and in the Greek community so there’s a lot involved,” McNeil recalled, later adding that she and her friend were “all just sort of paranoid for a second” after spotting the banana.
After word of the banana spread throughout the retreat, leaders decided to end the event early. Arndt explained that she “felt it was imperative to provide space immediately to students affected by this incident.”
According to The DM, some students left the retreat in tears, with McNeil noting that they “didn’t feel welcome” and “didn’t feel safe.”
Swanson apologized for the incident, writing in a statement that he wants to “sincerely apologize for the events that took place this past weekend.”
“Although unintentional, there is no excuse for the pain that was caused to members of our community,” he continued. “I have much to learn and look forward to doing such and encourage all members of our community to do the same.”
Seriously, there is so much wrong with this I do not know where to start, and I am NEVER at a loss for words!
“There is no excuse for the pain that was caused” Pain, from a banana peel? These students will never make it through the pain of college, let alone life. This is the height of pure weakness.
Alpha Kappa Alpha President Makala McNeil is a moron. A weak, paranoid, uneducated moron. It is a banana peel in a tree. I blame her parents. What kind of parents raise a child so weak that some fruit makes her paranoid. What will happen when she faces the real world soon? She will fall to pieces.
Let me make this loud and clear Makala: MY GENERATION had race relation problems at an historic low. YOUR generation has wasted, squandered, and ruined that and it is items like this that are doing it. You need to grow up. You are acting like a preschooler. This is insanity. It is a banana peel. Wait until you get older and realize how silly this is. If you ever do grow up.
And yes, Makala, I know about the other bananas.
In May, bananas were found hanging from noose-like ropes in three areas around the American University campus, some marked with AKA—for Alpha Kappa Alpha—and with the word “Harambe,” the name of the gorilla who was shot in an Ohio zoo last year. In September 2016, a black student at American reported that white students put boxes of rotten bananas outside her dorm room.
My generation would have rolled their eyes, figured it was done by some moron, and walked on. Your generation hides under the desk like a nuclear drill is happening. Your weak generation gets ‘triggered’ and needs professional counseling to get over the PTSD. That makes Y’all a bunch of weak, spineless morons who will never make it through the natural pitfalls of life. Your bad behavior is an embarrassment to greats like Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks. They would be humiliated by your behavior. Grow up.
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