Ole Miss Riot to Protest Against Obama Re-Election

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Ole Miss Obama Protest

This year marks the 50th anniversary of an event in Oxford, MS that ultimately changed and impacted the state of Mississippi along with the entire south. On Oct. 1, 1962 the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) made nationwide headlines by allowing the first black person to enroll at the University.

The young man was James Meredith who is still alive and well today living in the south, but going to classes at Ole miss for him was not only a challenge but dangerous as well. The president of the United States at that time was John F. Kennedy, who ordered Federal authorities to deploy more than 3,000 soldiers and more than 500 law enforcement officers to Oxford to handle integration at the University. If you are familiar with ESPN’s documentary series “30 for 30” they recently did a story about this in which they took viewers through the eyes of James Meredith, along with providing viewers of what life was like in Oxford at that time.

The documentary showed a riot that was the direct cause of Meredith being enrolled at the school, a riot that saw over 200 people injured at two people left dead. It appears sadly that the past may have once again made a return to Ole Miss, as there was what some are calling a protest and others a riot on campus late Tuesday night. As the election results poured in and it looked more and more like President Barack Obama would be re-elected, some students at Ole Miss were angry and wanted to lash out.

The University issued a statement today mentioning that around 30-40 students gathered outside the student union after the election was over chanting political slogans while others used derogatory racial statements and profanity according to Fox News. The statement went on to say that the small group quickly escalated into about 400 or more students, no one was hurt but two individuals did get arrested.

“All of us are ashamed of the few students who have negatively affected the reputations of each of us and of our university,” Ole Miss Chancellor Dan Jones said in a statement.

Several pictures were posted on Facebook and Twitter by Ole Miss Students which showed students burning Obama signs. It appears that the event is done with and the matter has been taking care of, and to show support the university held an event Wednesday evening called the “We are One Mississippi” which was a candlelight walk to condemn the protest according to CBS News.

Even though racism may still be relevant in the south, Ole miss has been showing signs of change. Currently the University has a black enrollment of 16%, and the current student body president, Kim Dandridge, is the fourth black person elected to the position. Do you think there is still a racial stigma associated with Ole Miss, or do you believe they have become a more diverse University?

0 thoughts on “Ole Miss Riot to Protest Against Obama Re-Election

  1. I’m not surprised! These kids are raised by the Klan! They
    Only know one thing…..Racism! Its a shame to waste a college education just because you disagree with the color of The President of The United States! Take a look America…these racist bigots will need jobs after graduation! Beware!

  2. Ole Miss may well have crippled their athletics program by alienating half the prep talent pool (though it really ought to alienate the other half too) with their campus klan meeting – Luckily for Ole Miss, it’s like crippling a quadriplegic – ‘Ole Miss’ aptly describing their grandmotherly athletics program

    People keep telling me I have the wrong idea about backwardassness south of the Mason Dixon and I honest to God want to believe them – but it gets harder and harder

  3. It’s very sad that our President is so “disrespected” because of his race. Not for any other reason. Every American should take a long hard look at themselves. He’s educated, a family man, and wants the best for America. Sadly, his qualities are NEVER discussed because everyone is hung up on him being “black”. We are no better off today as a nation as we were during slavery, civil rights, Jim Crow era, or desegregation. Politics in this country has become another outlet for RACISM and I’m ashamed that my children have to witness this mess!!!! Congratulations President Obama on your re-election. I pray for you and your family and our nation.

    1. You are SO RIGHT!!!! GOOD FOR YOU THAT YOU HAVE ENOUGH GUTS TO SAY IT LIKE IT IS!!!!!

      A few people gathered to show their displeasure at Mr. Obama’s re-election, and because of the “pervasive social media” the crowd swelled with people who just wanted to raise hell!!!! In spite of that only two people were arrested for “public intoxication” and no one was hurt. The “raw footage” I saw didn’t show anyone hurling “racial epithets” and since the SGA president is Black, and the Homecoming Queen was Black in spite of only 16% of the Ole Miss student body being Black, I think that shows that the Ole Miss students aren’t as prejudiced against Blacks as MANY OTHER schools!!!!! I HAVE EXPERIENCED BLACK RACISM, so whites aren’t the ONLY racists!!!!!

      Also, what EVER happened to free speech?

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