I wish I could say that what you are about to read was a satire piece that we ripped of The Onion or Babylon Bee, but unfortunately, it is completely true. Real news is becoming so ridiculous that it is often becoming hard to tell the difference!
Is this an Onion article? It has to be right? RIGHT? pic.twitter.com/tNt22tkJzb
— Jack Mehoff (@Jack_Mehoff1969) August 31, 2017
Ryan Swanson was allegedly on a retreat with his fraternity brothers when he ate a banana. Not wanting to seem like a litterer and unable to find a trash can, he tossed the biodegradable peel into a nearby tree. He assumed it would disintegrate and that would be the end of it.
Instead, a group of students saw this as a racist act and couldn’t find their safe space quick enough, so the meltdown began. They felt as if he was calling black people monkeys and tossing a banana peel in the tree for them.
They do know that bananas grow on trees…right? RIGHT?
Daily Mississippian reports:
“To be clear, many members of our community were hurt, frightened, and upset by what occurred at [the retreat]… 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,” Alexa Lee Arndt, interim director of Fraternity and Sorority Life, wrote in a letter Monday to the campus’s Greek life community.
The students apparently noticed the peel as they left a Saturday morning session, which just happened to be about race relations. They brought it up to Arndt and she addressed it at a later session that day. Swanson stood and took responsibility for the peel and tried to explain that he meant no offense.
Free Beacon reports:
The meeting then began to unravel—some participants left the room crying—and students departed from the campsite as they no longer felt “welcome” or “safe.”
The remainder of the retreat was officially cancelled that night.
Swanson’s apology was as follows: “Although unintentional, there is no excuse for the pain that was caused to members of our community,” he said. “I want to thank my friends in the [National Pan-Hellenic Council] for their candid and constructive conversations that we have continued to have. I have much to learn and look forward to doing such and encourage all members of our university community to do the same. We must all keep in mind how our actions affect those around us differently.”
Makala McNeil, president of Alpha Kappa Alpha and one of the students who happened upon the peel, told the student paper, “You see how much fear and how much anger you incite in black people just from an unintentional image.”
People on Twitter saw just how ridiculous the hysteria is:
Wow, just straight up wow. What are these people going to do when they leave the college nursery?
— Mr.Simms (@N1nebreak3rix) August 31, 2017
They will come for cucumbers next. pic.twitter.com/ul2WlPtjp5
— chris sholtz (@chris11sholtz) August 31, 2017
Was reeeally holding out hope for an TheOnion copyright at the end.
— paul_sessions.dmg (@delaidsuccess) August 31, 2017
It would appear that this is just an instance of witch hunting. there is nothing to be offended about, so they are seeking a reason to be offended. Toughen up boys and girls, it’s going to be a long life if your skin is that thin.
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