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A banana peel hanging from a tree was the reason why an off-campus Greek Life event was canceled after many students felt upset.

The Daily Mississippian reported that many students felt hurt and troubled.

After few black students saw a banana peel hanging from a campus tree, Ole Miss Greek Life leaders decided to depart from Camp Hopewell and cancel Greek Life event.

Makala McNeil, the President of Alpha Kappa Alpha, a famous leader of black sororities, also spotted the banana peel.

She just left the group debate on race relations, when she saw the banana peel hanging from the tree.

“The overall tone [of the meeting] was heavy,” McNeil told the newspaper. “I mean, we were talking about race in Mississippi and in the Greek community so there’s a lot involved.”

She continued that she and her friends were “all just sort of paranoid for a second” after spotting the banana peel, saying that the appearance was “so strange and surreal.”

Interim Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life at Ole Miss, Alexa Lee Arndt, stated that after banana peel was spotted on a campus tree, an open forum was held.

“As the staff member responsible for the well-being of our community, I felt it was imperative to provide space immediately to students affected by this incident to allow them an opportunity to voice their pain and concern,” Arndt said.

Following the forum, Greek Life leaders canceled the event.

The Daily Mississippian reported that Arndt was cited as saying that “members of our community were hurt, frightened, and upset by what occurred.”

“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.

The newspaper reported that another sorority president stated that the act was hurtful because “bananas have historically been used to demean black people.”

Reportedly many students left “in tears” because they didn’t feel “welcome” or “safe.”

Ole Miss senior Ryan Swanson, said that he threw the banana peel in the tree because he could not find a trash receptacle.

Swanson stated that he “sincerely” apologizes “for the incident that took place this past weekend.”

“Although unintentional, there is no excuse for the pain that was caused to members of our community,” Swanson stated.

“I have much to learn and look forward to doing such and encourage all members of our community to do the same,” he continued.

McNeil explained that the act is so hurtful because it happened after a similar incident that took place in Washington, D.C.’s American University’s campus in May.

The FBI was involved in the investigation after banana peels – which are seen as a racial reference – were hung on a tree as a protest of school’s first female black student government president, Taylor Dumpson, on the day she supposed to take the office.

Also, at the American University campus, messages like “AKA FREE” and “HARAMBE BAIT” appeared, referring to Alpha Kappa Kappa sorority and an unpleasant event that happened at Cincinnati Zoo when a gorilla was killed after a child fell into its cage.

Few more banana peels were spotted hanging on the trees around the campus.

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  • Dean Cartwright says:

    Vic and Donna, you are right on. Does this mean these poor babies are so affected that they can never touch or eat a banana again? Am I tearing up for them, nah, I am tearing up for the future of America. God Bless America. Remember – All Lives Matter!!!

  • alan says:

    People choose to be offended or not, choose to be afraid or not, choose to feel safe or not. Obviously this group of college students have been brain washed to look for any excuse to claim they are hurt, offended, and scared. What a bunch of wimps. I find it sad these will be our future leaders. We are in big trouble not from the banana but from these students.

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