Silly college pranks are no laughing matter, according to the pussies at Rhodes College:
A sock monkey was discovered hanging out of a dorm on Friday, the college said in a statement, and was removed after campus security was notified. Some students and faculty said they believed it was a racist symbol, although the college said in a statement that it was a dorm-room prank.
Charles McKinney, associate professor of history and chair of the department of Africana Studies, issued a statement Monday condemning “our institutional culture that enables racism, laments any power of faculty, administrators, and students that is not overtly and loudly on the side of justice, and call to action all who know what a noose means.”
Ah, someone hung a roommates stuffed animal out of the dorm room, as part of a running gag. RACIST! EXPEL HIM! GIVE HIM THE CHAIR! Then things took a turn for the worse on the Rhodes campus:
Saturday morning, students discovered someone had written “Trump 2016” and “Build a wall” in chalk.
The incidents occurred as Rhodes hosted several minority students through the annual Multicultural Visit Program, an overnight event for minority high school seniors to experience life on campus, according to the college’s website.
Rhodes administration called a town hall Saturday night to talk to students.
Better tell those students that displaying preference for a political candidate simply shouldn’t be allowed!
“At the beginning of the meeting, the student responsible for the sock monkey incident apologized, explaining that his actions were not racially motivated, but rather part of a series of pranks on his roommate, who owns the stuffed animal,” a college spokesman said in a statement. “The Honor System at Rhodes is designed to create a community where respect and compassion for others is the norm. We will continue to have productive discussions and followup on campus to ensure that Rhodes is a welcoming, inclusive, and compassionate environment for all.”
For several students, the apology wasn’t enough.
Of course the apology wasn’t enough. The apology is never enough. He never should have even apologized, as there was no ill intent behind his prank. It’s not his fault that retards freak out over nothing.
Junior Samantha Pittman said her first reaction to seeing the photo of the monkey hanging out the window was of anger, and a stark reminder of the stories she’d heard from her African-American grandparents who grew up in the Deep South.
“There’s anxiety, your palms sweat, your heart starts beating … that’s how I felt,” she said.
Senior Schaeffer Mallory called the image of a monkey with a rope around its neck an “unmistakable representation of lynching — and it’s in Memphis, Tennessee.”
Senior Chloe Moore said incidents of racism on the Rhodes College are nothing new to her, but this one made her “the maddest.”
“This was the first one in four years that made me feel threatened for my safety,” Moore said.
The sight of stuffed animals makes me feel threatened for my safety, as well.
But, she added, “There’s been a lot of backlash to the backlash.” Students have dismissed the monkey incident as a prank and noted freedom of speech in regards to the chalk writings, Jamerson said
At least some students are pushing back against these fucking babies, and standing up for freedom of speech.
But the saying ‘Build the wall’ by itself has very xenophobic, white nationalist undercurrents,” Jamerson said. “I think it’s really hard to argue that isn’t targeted.”
Yeah, not wanting other people to invade one’s country with zero tracking or accountability has “white nationalist undercurrents”. If these people can’t find any actual racism, they just make it up. Good thing it sounds like even their fellow students are getting fed up with their bullshit.