Banana Peel at Ole Miss Retreat
Causes Mass Hysteria
September 2, 2017
- I heard about this on the Rush Limbaugh program from Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017.
At first, I thought Rush had fallen prey to fake news -- but apparently, not.
- Racism is alive and well at an Ole Miss retreat at Camp Hopewell and caused a panic.
What happened you ask?
- Some student tossed a banana peel on a tree. (Huh? See the picture to the right.)
End of story, right? Not so fast.
- To back up just a little, the retreat included a discussion on race relations.
The stage was set for the Boogie Man to appear and he did. After the discussion, as if on cue,
a black student found the peel in a tree. Word (and the picture) spread like wildfire
and hysteria ensued.
- One would think once the truth came out about the origin of the not-so-racist peel,
everyone would breathe a sigh of relief and life would return to normal -- but no. In fact,
even knowing the truth, the Greek Life retreat abruptly ended.
- You think I'm kidding, right? Wrong.
- OK. So, here's the connection. Back in May some idiot tied some bananas
by nooses from three trees at American University with "AKA Free" written on them.
AKA (Alpha Kappa Alpha), is a predominately African-American sorority. It does
not appear the perp nor motive was found. I suspect:
- someone had a few too many drinks and thought hanging bananas would be "funny" -- NOT!
- false and staged "hate crimes" are not that uncommon
- I looked back through my subscription to KKK Magazine and nowhere can I find
that a public display of a banana and/or its peel, especially attached to a tree,
is a racist statement -- but maybe I overlooked it. It does not matter that this peel
was not hanging from a noose. Every banana peel lying around is now suspect.
God help us if some squirrel gets ahold of a banana and leaves the peel in a tree.
So, for my PC friends out there
- please guard your bananas and be sure to disgard the peels in a way they most likely
will not wind up dangling in a tree.
- with Halloween coming up, whatever you do, do not drop a banana in the bag
belonging to any of your Black American neighbors. Image is everything.
- perhaps, neighborhood watches should be established to look for and remove any
ill-placed fruit peels. (I hear watermelon rinds can also be particularly offensive.)
- You can't make this stuff up.
- What bothers me about this is that more than a few people looked at
that picture and somehow assumed a racist connection. There was actually a public meeting
to discuss the "incident". (I am hoping a YouTube video of that conversation will surface.)
The discussion is said to have gotten heated. Some racist probably got the crowd riled up
saying what I would have: "You know -- that looks like a banana peel in a tree."
- Some documentation:
- Here's a portion of the transcript from Rush's program:
Rush: "Unbelievable. I was asking Snerdley [Rush's black call screener], 'What is
it about a banana peel anyway? What’s the deal?' You know what he told me? ...
He said, 'Well, it’s because apes, gorillas, monkeys eat bananas.' I said, 'So what?'
He said, 'Well, apparently the black Greek students walking through there got it in their heads
that somebody else thought that –' I said, 'Are you kidding me?'"
To read the transcript of the entire discussion:
- According to Daily Mississippian, the picture of the intimidating peel "was circulated among
students" and made its way to the media. I am assuming it is authentic.
- Campus Reform: (click here)
- Some black commentary on YouTube:
Evidence of Racism. Really?