The campus at Ole Miss flew into a panic this weekend because a discarded banana peel was dangling from a tree. That’s not fake news. Unbelievably, there was a real, honest-to-goodness triggering among students.
According to Campus Reform, an entire event dedicated to Greek Life had to be canceled because of the hysteria one man’s trash caused:
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.
Interim Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life Alexa Lee Arndt said she “felt it was imperative to provide space immediately to students affected by this incident.” That’s because some students cried literal tears, they “didn’t feel welcome,” and they “didn’t feel safe.”
After the, um, bananaing, Arndt wrote in an e-mail to Greek leaders:
To be clear, many members of our community were hurt, frightened, and upset by what occurred at IMPACT. 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.”
Swanson apologized, not for throwing biodegradable garbage onto campus property, but for all the “pain” he caused:
Although unintentional, there is no excuse for the pain that was caused to members of our community. I have much to learn and look forward to doing such and encourage all members of our community to do the same.”
Even more amazingly, the University of Mississippi is currently trying to decided “what makes the most sense” in how to deal with what happened. The Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Community Engagement has said, “Right now, we’re just talking to people on campus who have some experience working across diversity to help the students process what happened.”
Here’s how the rest of us are processing it:
Don't forget, there was a blind girl at Vanderbilt who was accused of a "hate crime" after she left a sack of dog poop on the black cultural center doorstep because she couldn't find a garbage can. Stupid people are everywhere.