Triggered: A College Retreat Was Cancelled After Students Found A Banana Peel In A Tree

Submitted by: trimble 3 weeks ago in News & Politics


This weekend's Greek Life retreat at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) was cancelled after a banana peel was found hanging from a tree. (See the photo below -- that was the image that made the social media rounds.)

"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, a student Ryan Swanson, admitted to throwing 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 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 Daily Mississippian, some students left the retreat in tears, with McNeil noting that they "didn’t feel welcome" and "didn't feel safe."

There are 67 comments:
Male 999
Basically a banana causes white and black frat bros and sororsluts to fight and go home early. 
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Female 376
Liberalism showing the mental disorder it is.....
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Male 999
savagenation and conservativism is just denial of how bad Trump is
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Male 230
Del Monte or Chiquita? 
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Female 1,596
This has to be from the Onion, right?  Come on.
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Male 3,117
These people vote, they breed. Think about that.
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Male 1,693
A random discarded banana peel is very different from a noose with a banana that specifically refers to hanging black women at a black sorority.

I understand where they're coming from, but they're retarded...

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Female 8,006
bliznik - agreed. The black community has endured so much, showed such courage and dignity, and been so eloquent it is a shame a very small number are unable to continue, yet be so vocal and publicised. The actual noose ones are vile- truly vile....
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Male 40,401
bliznik That's a real thing? O_o
If so: it's just retarded. The people doing it I mean.
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Male 212
Everybody at that retreat is a fucking retard.
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Male 6,070
This story makes my brain hurt.
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Male 40,401
This is even less 'racism' than the "nooses" found in a tree at U of Delaware:
http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/crime/2015/09/23/ud-investigates-makeshift-nooses-near-mitchell-hall/72662954/

They STILL held their anti-racism march even after the police (and everyone with half a brain) figured out they were the remains of paper lanterns that had been in the tree for months! LMAO!
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Male 919
5cats There seems to be a trend with these things...  trees.  Maybe they're to blame.
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Male 40,401
cjeffblanchr We should cut them all down, you know, for the safety of the children!
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Male 1,693
cjeffblanchr Life for all snowflakes would be better if the trees would just leaf.
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Male 606
cjeffblanchr Those fucking pompous leafy bastards.
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Male 39,618
Look at the facts.
Banana peel found in tree
Who hangs out in trees? Squirrels

I blame Squrlz here's photographic proof

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Male 4,485
Gerry1of1 I didn't do it, nobody saw me do it, there's no way you can prove anything!
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Male 2,672
2020 Trump Wins Landslide Victory...mysterious banana peels found at most polling places.

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Male 4,164
Well everyone knows the Trump administration supports the banana industry and the jobs it creates
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Male 8,447
They've just released next years textbook requirements:

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Male 1,681
That's it. I'm done.
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Female 4,210
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Male 1,681
melcervini The second I saw Milo, I closed the page. I may hate that fuck more than I hate trump
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Female 4,210
oobaka Here, let me introduce you to a differing opinion and hope you dont need a safe space to read this.  

"we're in a situation now where students can go to University, they come out dumber than when they went in.  They are infantilized by "safe space" and "Trigger warning" culture.  The idea of interrogating a new idea, coming into contact with a school of thought or person that doesn't conform to your prejudices, is somehow problematic.  That it gives rise to trauma.  This evening there is a safe space at Michigan University to protect the safety and emotional well-being of students from this dangerous faggot and a lesbian with the wrong opinions. THAT IS INSANE.  And the worst bit of this, is that Universities have started to go along with it. They have started to respect students' points of view when the students claim that they have been emotionally traumatized by different opinions.  And the trigger warning and safe space culture has started to take root even in the best institutions in the country.  My view on this, is that if anybody asks for a safe space or a trigger warning should be immediately expelled.  They have demonstrated that they are incapable of meeting the requirements of their course.  Why are you here?  Why are you here if not to discover new ways of looking at the world?  To discover thinkers and ideas, history, stuff that you never imagined that was possible to broaden your intellectual horizons.  If you're not prepared to do that, go home, leave... dont be here"  And he's ABSOLUTELY right.
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Male 1,681
melcervini I agree 100% and I don't need a safe space because I'm an adult.
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Female 4,210
oobaka Just checking because you shut down the page, as you said, before you even watched the 1:02 minute long video that you agree with.
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Male 1,681
melcervini I just can't stand listening to Milo even if I do agree with him
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Female 4,210
oobaka lol fair enough 
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Male 4,485
As usual, there's more to the story if you look and things aren't quite as ridiculous as they first appear.

Three months ago, when an American University student was about to become the first female black student government president, racists protested by hanging bananas from nooses across the campus, sending a not-so-subtle message that "Monkeys should be lynched." To make the message clear, some of the "lynched" bananas had the Greek letters of the black student's sorority written on them.

So sure, the black University of Mississippi students may have overreacted here. But it wasn't a case of students freaking out about a banana peel for no reason at all.
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Male 1,639
squrlz4ever The bananas hanging from nooses, I can completely understand. I am white, and would probably see that as racist myself. However, just a banana PEEL hanging from a tree limb (or trunk, as it appears in the above photo)? How if the FUCK is that racist?
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Male 40,401
whosaidwhat It's littering :D 
Even though banana peels are biodegradable...

Yeah, lacking a name, or a noose! it's hardly the same thing. Unless Trigger!! Happy SJWs see it...
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Male 4,485
whosaidwhat It isn't. This was a obviously a tempest in a teapot. Looking at my earlier comment above, I see that I wrote that the students "may" have overreacted. Well, scratch that: They absolutely did overreact.

All I'm saying is that in order to have an idea of what was going on in the students' minds, one needs to know about the recent event of the bananas hanging by the nooses. When this post first went up on IAB, that detail was more or less hidden in the link to the original reporting, giving the impression that the students were freaking out about a banana peel for no reason at all.
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Male 1,639
squrlz4ever Even armed with the "new" knowledge about the bananas in nooses, I still say that they were freaking out for no reason at all. Next thing you know, grocery stores will have to stop selling bananas, because some idiot was "triggered" by them when they walked down the produce aisle...
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Male 919
squrlz4ever Yeah, at first I didn't even understand what the issue was.  I was wondering if they would have freaked out over a half eaten apple too.  Now I see why of course, but it's still a severe over reaction.  

And you know, if people are going to react like this over something that has no significance, what do you think that true racists are going to do with it?  Yep, gonna do it more.  Don't let people know what bothers you or they'll use it to get further under your skin.
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Male 1,681
squrlz4ever  It's not the underlying racism that bothers me the most. It's the need for FUCKING SPACE that gets me. What in the everloving fuck happened to people? 
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Male 3,159
oobaka That sounds stupid as fuck.


Safe space or whatever is silly.. Racism is something entirely different.
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Male 1,681
daegog That's what I said. Why is it stupid if you agree with me?
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Male 4,863
squrlz4ever Yeah, you won't get the rest of the story from whatever biased source Trimble first heard this from. I'm guessing Rush Limbaugh since that is one of the first sources that comes up when you do a search. Still, I was saying to myself, please be satire, please be satire. It's real Argggghhhh.
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Male 4,052
markust123 Sent to me in an e-mail by a friend. Limbaugh's site and any like it are blocked where I work. And it is as real as it gets, I know a fellow that was fired for arguing with another employee over a parking space while eating a banana (which he did on his way to work every day). The other guy was Black and went to HR claiming the banana offended him. The guy eating the banana was let go right then and there.
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Male 4,863
trimble My mom and here friends pass emails like those around. I don't get why people would want to be that partisan.
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Male 4,052
markust123 Partisan? The e-mail I was sent was just another example of idiot college student cupcakes, had nothing to do with politics.
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Male 4,485
markust123 I share your "argggghhhh." It was an overreaction and perfect grist for the right-wing to produce more "Oh, those ridiculous liberals!" content. Rush Limbaugh lives for stuff like this. He's built an entire career on it.
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Male 919
squrlz4ever While I don't disagree with you on Rush, it sure doesn't seem to be conservatives freaking the hell out over a damn banana.
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Male 4,485
cjeffblanchr No, conservatives more typically freak out over things like the naked man and woman line drawing that was affixed to the Pioneer spacecrafts. Conservatives deluged NASA and Congress with letters bitterly complaining that tax dollars were being spent "to send smut into outer space."

Other sources of conservative outrage include last year's Starbucks holiday cup design and the now-retired logo for Procter & Gamble, which conservatives claimed contained satanic imagery.

People on both sides of the aisle lose their wigs over stupid things. It isn't just one side or the other.

The plaque carried by the Pioneer spacecrafts caused so much outrage among American conservatives that NASA completely avoided any anatomically correct drawings of humans on the Voyager spacecrafts' onboard information about Earth and humanity.
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Male 999
squrlz4ever good. dont tell those greenbacks about our dicks
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Male 919
squrlz4ever Yeah, I think it's safe to say that people in general are just bat crap crazy at times.  Extremism comes in many forms.
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Male 4,485
cjeffblanchr LOL... I like your phrase "bat crap crazy."  :)
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Male 919
What?  What in three hells is offensive about a banana peel in a tree?
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Male 3,159
cjeffblanchr well you see some white people have this thing about calling black people monkeys, apes, or some thing of that nature, a good example just a week ago here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOPs_IVi60A

And some white people love to pretend racism doesn't exist or that any individual act of racism is actually just an "oopsy" or misunderstanding.
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Male 919
daegog So what, now every time a banana is seen in a random place we should all lose our shit and call everyone close to it a racist?  I mean, seriously, it's a banana peel in a tree.  

I don't deny there is racism these days.  The funny thing is that for a number of years, it certainly seemed to be dying.  Somehow during Obama's years as president, it took back off and is worse than ever.  As long as people keep looking for something to be offended by they're going to see it, blow it out of proportion and incite others to do the same.  The more people who falsely accuse someone of something that they are not the more likely they are to become so.  

Everyone needs to stop all this crap.  Don't know if you're familiar with it or not, but Morgan Freeman has the best answer ever to this issue...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2d2SzRZvsQ
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Male 3,159
cjeffblanchr 

We have a totally different perspecting on racism.  I never once thought it was dying out.  I lived all my life in absolute mortal terror of the police.  To this day, i fully expect to get killed by cops (most likely over a broken tail light, as the story normally goes).

I have seen that morgan freeman interview and the thing is (and this is exceptionally important), Morgan Freeman is Rich, Famous and Beloved.

What in the actual fuck does morgan freeman have to worry about with regards to the cops?  How could a cop ever shoot morgan freeman?

Rich people do not have the same set of sensiblities as non rich-people.  They live in that upper stratified part of society where things that might devastate me or my family are nothing to him.

Morgan is old and has seen his fair share of bullshit, of that i am certain, but i wonder if he has forgotten some of the issues that many people are not rich and powerful are facing.

People love to blame Obama for stroking racial tensions when the truth is, he made people think about race.  And a whole lotta people hate to think about race.

Answer me this, how often do you hear a white person say:

I hate racism 

Versus

I hate hearing people complain about racism


I have not heard the former sentence even once in my life (to the best of my recollection.  I hear/read the latter sentence every week.
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Male 919
daegog Fair points about Morgan Freeman.  I didn't really mean to specifically blame Obama, but as you said, he made people think about race... but why is this such a good thing?  When I was growing up, I knew that some other kids were of different races, and you know what I thought when I saw them?  I thought, "there's another person who's different than me... so what?"  

Clearly we do have different perspectives on racism, and I have no doubt that this is the result of our own experiences.  I don't know where you live.  I grew up in Des Moines, IA, lived for 15 years in Nashville, then about 8 years in rural Missouri.  Tennessee was definitely the most racist of any of those places, but from what I saw there, it really was a two way issue.  There is just as much racism going both ways.

I was just not raised racist, was decent to people because they're people, not because of their race.  This is just logical.  When I was in Tennessee, I worked for about 5 years with a black girl.  It was pretty much just her and I working at night and so we had a lot of time to talk.  She was raised to believe that pretty much all white people were racist, and you know what this did to her?  It made her racist toward white people.  But I was not offended by it--we're all products of our experiences.  Over time, her and I became pretty good friends.  It was several years into it when she said finally realize that I really was not racist at all.  Once she acknowledged this, she was just blown away, because it collapsed her preconceived ideas.  

I have heard plenty of white people say that they hate racism.  At least as many as I have of other races.  To assume that white people are all racist is extremely racist in itself.  Any complaining I've heard about racism from white people was within the context of them hating racism.  I've had people say racist things about others to me, and I knock their ignorance down every time. 

I knew a kid once who was KKK and he tried spouting his crap out to me.  I told him that I knew a lot of black people that I'd die for long before a piece of white trash like him.  

All I'm saying is that not everyone is racist.  Some are admittedly on the fence--they might not have a problem with those of other races, but have been influenced by others.  But when they are continually called racist just because they're white, how is this going to affect them?  

Living, as you say you do, in fear of the cops... dude, if that's true, it's time for you to get the hell out of wherever you live.  It is not that way everywhere.

One more quick story, then I'll shut up.  I was working about a year ago with a black guy who had moved here to Kentucky about a year earlier from NYC.  His story was that he thought that all white people hated all black people, and he had adopted the same attitude toward whites.  Then, here in Kentucky, his apartment burned down, and he said that those who showed up to help him were mostly white people.  They gave him and his family a place to stay, clothes, food, and everything they needed until he got started again.  He was astounded, and realized the truth.  For him, it was like a curtain had covered his eyes his whole life and it was just suddenly pulled away.  In just a short time he entirely changed his world view.

I don't doubt that there are a lot of racist people out there, and it's not just any one group, race, or anything else.  There's good people and bad people in the world.  That's all.

And for the record, I am a white guy and I HATE RACISM.
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Female 4,210
cjeffblanchr anything can be offensive if there's attention to be had or a check.
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Male 919
melcervini Yeah, clearly.  But seriously, I might be missing something, but I'm just not getting how anyone is even interpreting this as insulting.  
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Male 4,052
cjeffblanchr Agreed, making that interpretation is actually quite racist itself if it offends for the reason I imagine it does. 
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Female 4,210
cjeffblanchr me either, "a racist only sees racism"
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Male 919
melcervini That's exactly what it is.  If someone insults me on my race, beliefs, or anything else, they're the one with the problem.  Why would I be offended by someone else's ignorance?
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Female 4,210
cjeffblanchr being "offended" means you cannot control your own emotions so you try to control others
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Male 20,830
College students today.
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Male 606
fancylad College students always.  I have taught university level writing and literature for over a decade.  Though there are certainly outliers, there are 16 million college students in the U.S. right now (give or take), most of my students are intellectually curious, but also lack the experience to temper their newfound ideologies.  I don't believe this has significantly changed since forever.

And a note about "trigger" warnings - if used to avoid critically engaging with material, sure - that is a problem.  But that isn't really what they are (or at least, intended for).  I used to have the same knee-jerk reaction to them, until I taught a course where I knew that at least one student had been the victim of sexual assault and we were going to be watching a film that had a violent rape in it.  I let the class know ahead of time what to expect and let them know that if they wanted I would work out a different film for them to watch.  No one took me up on that offer, but the girl who had been assaulted appreciated being able to mentally prepare herself.  

I am an educator - part of that means creating a positive learning environment.  (Positive doesn't mean sugar-coated.)  I don't see, though, how potentially triggering PTSD in a rape victim serves any purpose.  If anyone else here is an educator (actual experience or actual education in education) I would love to hear your opinions.  But Jesus Christ does everyone think they know something about education without knowing the first fucking thing about education.


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Male 40,401
faustsshadow As someone with 'issues' too? I appreciate a fair warning as well. If it looks bad or I'm felling ill? I can exit. 

Shawshank Redemption? I was warned of the violent killing early on (and some violence later, mostly that was off camera tho) but that it had meaning, so I endured it and managed to enjoy a spectacular movie.
:-)
Other films? Not touching them with a 50' pole...

However? I'd never use my problems to try to BAN a film or something.

Everyone went to school: we all had good and bad teachers, so yeah we all know something about education, eh? First hand too.
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Male 606
5cats Honestly, that is like saying we all know something about composing music because we have listened to it a bunch.  
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Male 40,401
faustsshadow Um, he didn't say knowing about "being an EDUCATOR" ok? He said "about education". Get a clue, pay attention please. You can apologise promptly, thx!

If he mis-spoke that isn't my problem, if he's such a good teacher he could learn how to present his case clearly, yes?
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Male 4,485
faustsshadow Hooray for some good insights. Thanks, Faust.
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Male 44
fancylad The world today.  Everyone is looking too hard to find something that offends them.
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