Some students at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) responded to the re-election of President Barack Obama with a campus protest.
The group of about 40 students surged into the hundreds as a burning Barack Obama campaign poster, angry racist slogans, violence and threats of violence echoed the University of Mississippi’s racist past once again.
Ole Miss Chancellor Dan Jones promised an investigation and said “all of us are ashamed of the few students who have negatively affected the reputations of each of us and of our university.”
Appalling is that the race riot, although miniature in scope when compared to the race riot of 1962, occurred after the 50th anniversary of the enrollment of its first black student, James Meredith.
When U.S. Air Force serviceman James Meredith enrolled to become the first African American student at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) 50 years ago, a race riot erupted.
White students protested; a federal court ordered “Ole Miss” to admit him, but Mississippi Governor Ross Barnett blocked him from entering the school.
As the crowd surged, violence erupted, two white men were killed at least 200 people suffered injuries.
President John F. Kennedy sprang into action.