Ant: (n.) a small insect, often with a stinger, which usually lives in a complex social colony with one or more breeding queens.
I don’t know whether there’s any creature on this planet that has such a diverse range of public perception.
After all, the ant is the symbol of vigilance in our childhood tales, especially when competing with the lethargic and procrastinating grasshopper.
Rumor has it that with great persistence, they can actually move rubber tree plants.
We greatly applaud their colony for its efficiency, wondering why the “hill” in Washington, D.C., can’t pick up some pointers.
Yet we also get really upset when they show up at picnics. They are known to frighten children because of their occasional bad tempers, allegedly leading to stings.
So how it is possible to be considered such a diligent fellow, and then closed out from being welcomed by the picnic crowd?
There’s only one explanation.
Yes. It’s a race issue.
I’m not trying to play the “race tentacle” here, but it seems to me that if the ant were white–aside from being almost invisible, as most white creatures are–he (or it) would be more accepted.
This theory could be easily tested by allowing a black ant and a red ant to arrive at a picnic at the same time. Would we treat the red ant better? Or just move it to the side and let it build a casino?
These are questions that plague my thoughts.
Because if we’re trying to get rid of ants because they’re annoying and interfere with the hygiene of our food at outdoor meals, that is a legitimate concern.
But if there is any color discrimination here, I think we should get to the bottom of it.
(Even though I think an ant has a thorax and not a bottom…)
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