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The trouble is, the majority of each race DOES fall into generalizations. Otherwise you wouldn't have TV shows targeting these folks, or food chains targeting these folks, or retailers targeting these folks.
originally posted by: seagull
a reply to: intrptr
He ate a banana because he likes bananas, they are after all tasty, and after having consumed said tasty treat, he realized there was not a garbage receptacle in which to place his tasty treats not so tasty peel. So he, foolishly, as it turns out, just tossed it into a tree.
Cue total and complete pandemonium over snack time.
Plausible racism... Well that certainly covers a wide gamut of actions, doesn't it?
originally posted by: ketsuko
originally posted by: angeldoll
Wondering which is worse - making a big deal out of a banana peel, or making a big deal out of someone making a big deal about it.
Think about it.
I wonder ... if I go out and put a banana peel on a random fence post somewhere and no one pays any attention to it, does matter what my intent with it was?
Thank about it ...
I never said that sometimes a banana peel in a tree isn't just a banana peel in a tree. What you're not allowing for is the possibility that sometimes a banana peel in a tree isn't just a banana peel in a tree.
But did you ever stop to think that context matters? It's easy to read the OP and think the students are just being absurd if you look at this as an isolated event.
My point is that it becomes less irrational when you consider the context and furthermore, that mocking students for jumping to conclusions (assuming that's the case) is used intentionally to be dismissive of racism by reinforcing a notion that those who do complain about racism are more often than not "crying wolf.
Why is it that people feel more comfortable lecturing me with "My God, man, get a grip" and similar nonsense but can't muster the character to call out the poster of the quote above?
originally posted by: knowledgehunter0986
a reply to: theantediluvian
I don't condone what he said at all, but to be fair, that isn't racism, that's being prejudice.
Had he said "I hate black people because they are stupid and lazy with no accountability"
originally posted by: namehere
i think it's time we nationalise universities and remove the ability of private interests and over sensitive people to usurp the constitution constantly like this.
this trend is starting to become dangerous and it needs to stop regardless of how people feel or what they want before it destroys america.
originally posted by: LSU0408
Ok, that made me literally laugh out loud while I sit here at work... Would you people listen to yourselves? We're talking about a banana peel for f#cks sake. A BANANA PEEL.
I am actually. I know there are instances of that being the case. I don't think this one was that. You prove to me otherwise, and I'll change my tune quickly enough.
Of course context matters. I can see the concern, and even respect it in other circumstances. As I said above, if there is proof that this particular event is racially motivated, I'll change my tune. I haven't seen it yet. As I understand it, there have been other instances on this campus, so yes, I see the context of the entirety, but this event also needs to be looked at on its own.
I don't believe I was mocking it. There is cause for concern over incidents of banana hanging/lynching. I'll not mock that, nor do I believe I ever have.
I think you'll find that I did, indeed, call that out. ...and if "my god, man, get a grip" bothers you, I'll refrain from any further use of it. My apologies.
My own thoughts are this, as you'll no doubt surmise, racism exists, but not every action such as this is racist. Can it be easily misunderstood in the context of larger events? Obviously, since that appears to be exactly what happened here.
The president of one sorority told the newspaper that "bananas have historically been used to demean black people."