Banana Peels and Cotton Bolls and Free Speech, Oh My!
Banana Peels and Cotton Bolls and Free Speech, Oh My!
Banana peels are racist. Cotton bolls are racist. Free speech week at the University of California Berkeley has been cancelled, although Milo Yiannopoulos says it has not. When you look around at what passes for culture these days and ask yourself, “Self, da heck?”, this tells you just about everything you need to know.
Before I start I would like to, once again, pay my son proper respect for not going to a “normal college”. If he had gone to, say, the University of Tennessee Knoxville, I would have probably popped my great cerebral brain from the equine manure that is spread liberally at these normal colleges.
Banana peels and cotton bolls connote racism and trigger young college students. At the University of Mississippi aka “Ole Miss”, a banana peel discarded on a tree triggered such hysterics that a three day Greek Week Leadership seminar had to be cancelled. The UK Daily Mail reported it thusly:
Ole Miss accounting major Ryan Swanson, who is white, quickly came forward, admitting that he was the one who had tossed the banana skin into the tree, but he insisted that he did so because he could not find a garbage can and meant no offense to anyone.
DailyMail.com reached out to Mr Swanson, vice president of recruitment with the Interfraternity Council at Ole Miss, seeking comment Thursday.
Alexa Lee Arndt, interim director of Fraternity and Sorority Life at Ole Miss, said in an internal email obtained by The Daily Mississippian that many members of the Ole Miss community were ‘hurt, frightened, and upset’ in the wake of the peel incident.
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,’ Arndt stated.
Apparently, bananas had been found hanging from nooses three months earlier after a black female student was set to be student government president. That’s disturbing and distressing. Most likely the banana noose configuration was the work of a sick racist pig. But a banana peel? Puhleeze.
What about this banana peel?
Or, banana peels left over after a marathon?
Cotton bolls have caused even more triggers than banana peels. No, not cotton balls, cotton bolls have caused the problem. Raw, unprocessed cotton fresh from the, uh, trigger warning, field.
Apparently, raw cotton is trending as a fall decorative item, or was. Hobby Lobby, which makes tons of money based on the fact that DIYers chase trends, had a store display and triggered a Texas
lady female. Alabama.com reported:
Late last week, Daniell Rider of Killeen, Texas posted a photo and a message to the craft chain’s Facebook page, saying cotton – a prime export of the pre-Civil War South – in a glass vase was “so wrong on so many levels.”
“There is nothing decorative about raw cotton. A commodity which was gained at the expense of African-American slaves,” she wrote. “A little sensitivity goes a long way. Please remove this decor.”
But worse than that is what happened at Lipscomb University. The college president, a weasely, jelly spined, male by the name of L. Randolph Lowry III held a dinner for black students and triggered those poor little cherubs something fearful. The Washington Post reported:
A Tennessee university president has apologized for offending African American students with a table centerpiece that included stalks of cotton — a piece of Southern-style decor that is raising questions about cultural and racial sensitivity.
Lipscomb University President Randy Lowry said in a statement late last week that he had invited African American students to his home for dinner, serving what one student called “black meals” — “mac n cheese, collard greens, corn bread.” A picture posted on Instagram showed the meals placed around a table that was embellished with a jar filled with decorative branches and cotton stalks.
“Several students shared with me their concern about the material used for centerpieces which contained stalks of cotton,” Lowry wrote in an email, which was shared Thursday on Facebook. “The content of the centerpieces was offensive, and I could have handled the situation with more sensitivity.
Okay, that tears it. I am done. Are you effing kidding me? I hope these poor put upon, cotton picking, college students never go to a buffet in the South or a church meal or Sunday at most peoples’ homes. You have to go miles out of your way to think that in THE SOUTH mac n’ cheese, greens of some kind, and cornbread are offensive. They are what we eat just about every day. If you have never had pintos and chow chow with cornbread, you have never eaten real home food.
And, cotton bolls are a trigger. The Macmillan Dictionary defines “trigger”:
to cause someone to have a particular feeling or memory
You find that strangely familiar smells trigger memories of childhood.
I can pretty much guaran-damn-tee that not one of those sensitive, innocent babes has picked cotton. Probably not their parents. Their grands probably. How the Hades can you get triggered by something you have never done? Can they wear cotton clothes?
Now, the University of California at Berkeley is trying to shut down Milo Yiannopoulos’ “Free Speech Week” with the same stalling and lying tactics that they used with Ben Shapiro. Milo says the event is going on anyway. The Antifa, Nihilists and Anarchists are gearing up no matter.
Now let me give you the 411 on all this. It’s bullies. They are all bullies. They aren’t sensitive and they haven’t been triggered. They are playing the college administrations like the school yard bully who took my lunch money (Honestly, it was just about a block away from the school and he terrified the bejezus out of me.).
I am not a little girl anymore and, if I were a college administrator, I would tell these pathetic little bullies to get back to class. The entire United States of America is a free speech zone, 24/7/365. Racism, sexism and general hatred will always be out there. Suck it up, buttercup. The world can be a harsh place. Get your butt back to class and improve your parents’ return on their investment. When you can diagram a sentence, design a building, or split an atom I will listen to your pitiful drivel, especially if you donate to the school. Until then shut up and get back to class.
Trigger this, baby.