Univ. of Mississippi Protests President’s Re-Election, 2 Arrested

Students at University of Mississippi protest President Obama's re-election, Tuesday, November 6, 2012.

The country was indeed split during this election season.  Mitt Romney, for some reason, attracted a lot of racists of all ages.

At the University of Mississippi, affectionately known as Ole Miss, where we just reported on October 16, that they had voted for their first African American Homecoming Queen, students took to the campus in protest of President Obama’s re-election, according to ABC news.

The gathering of 30-40 students rapidly grew into a crowd of 400 making such a stir on the campus that students took to Twitter and other social media saying that a riot had begun.  Apparently, police couldn’t confirm a riot, but plenty of racial slurs were hurled around.  Police arrested two students for minor infractions, but there were no reports of injuries to anyone.

“Some students chanted political slogans while others used derogatory racial statements and profanity,” according to a university statement.

It is an embarrassment and atrocity for these type of events to transpire 50 years after the first African American student, James Meredith, was admitted to the university amid a real riot in 1962.  And, with African Americans Courtney Roxanne Pearson and Kim Dandridge holding such prominent positions at the university as Homecoming Queen and the student body president, respectively, it sends a message that the university’s progress in its social and educational climate is ostensible at best.

Read more here on how Ole Miss is scrambling to repair this blow to their image.

-J.C. Brooks

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