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Racist protest at Ole Miss

MomCat2MomCat2 Registered User Posts: 961 Member
edited November 2012 in Parents Forum

From the campus newspaper: Students clash after election | The Daily Mississippian

Ole Miss students start racist protest after election result - Salon.com

Fifty years after the Ole Miss Riot over the enrollment of James Meredith...

(let's keep this non-political - it's about the racism)
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Replies to: Racist protest at Ole Miss

  • katliamomkatliamom Registered User Posts: 11,270 Senior Member
    Shameful, certainly. Surprising - not so much. Bigotry exists.
  • southernsaturdaysouthernsaturday Registered User Posts: 21 New Member
    how can this be non-political when it is more about politics than racism?
  • soccerguy315soccerguy315 Registered User Posts: 7,244 Senior Member
    in what way was it racist?
  • cobratcobrat Registered User Posts: 12,285 Senior Member
    Just asked my Mississippi relations about this news.

    While disappointed, none of them were terribly surprised in light of their living in a rural part of the state for the last 25-30 years.
  • MomCat2MomCat2 Registered User Posts: 961 Member
    From the campus paper (link above): "Hundreds of Ole Miss students exchanged racial epithets and violent,politicized chants"

    In the 1st link, even the University chancellor acknowledged "nevertheless, the reports of uncivil language and shouted racial epithets appear to be accurate".
  • megpmommegpmom Registered User Posts: 3,114 Senior Member
    Not surprised at all. Racism is still alive and well. Just count the number of Confederate flags on southern college campuses. And no, those are not just a symbol of southern pride anymore than swastikas are just a sign of German pride. Even here in a major city in Texas, the letters to the editor are rife with underlying racism when discussing Obama.
  • PizzagirlPizzagirl Registered User Posts: 40,488 Senior Member
    Not surprised at all. Racism is still alive and well. Just count the number of Confederate flags on southern college campuses. And no, those are not just a symbol of southern pride anymore than swastikas are just a sign of German pride.

    Amen. I simply cannot think of a Confederate flag as being anything other than highly offensive, and it boggles my mind that people actually display Conf flags in contexts other than in history museums.
  • poetgrlpoetgrl Registered User Posts: 13,334 Senior Member
    Well, here we go. You know what? I'm glad they protested. You can't address what you can't see, what you can't point to, who you can't talk to. Now, here are 400 students who can be addressed, dealt with, spoken to and disciplined. Perhaps some of them will end up knowing something new, about themselves and about the way they need to change or be left behind in some backwater, irrelevent bog of ignorance and hate.

    Sick stuff, but we see it every day, even here on CC, subtle as it is, in the hands of the "educated," flagrant in the hands of the idiotic. Same same.
  • kelijake1987kelijake1987 Registered User Posts: 412 Member
    Hunt--thank you for posting the link. Hope is a good thing.

    As both a southerner and as a parent who just visited Ole Miss with her son, I am trying to get my brain around what happened there on election night. Truly hoping the racist remarks were coming from a small minority, though it is rather unfortunate it happened at all.
  • nbc1993nbc1993 Registered User Posts: 55 Junior Member
    As a Mississippi resident, I was saddened and disturbed to learn about the events on the University of Mississippi Campus. There are many people in this state and this region who neither agree with nor condone the students' actions. While I'm not a fan of Ole Miss (it's hard to take a school whose mascot is a Confederate Rebel seriously), I can tell you that the University's reaction has been one of tremendous dismay. This event will surely hurt their efforts to recruit more minority students (and they do have strong minority athletic and academic recruitment within the state, believe it or not).

    That being said, I must disagree with megpmom ("Just count the number of Confederate flags on southern college campuses. And no, those are not just a symbol of southern pride anymore than swastikas are just a sign of German pride."). I am always disappointed to hear others make sweeping negative generalizations about the South. I have lived in five Southern university towns and have spent lots of time on the campuses for work/recreation. The ONLY school that I know of that waves a confederate flag is Ole Miss. I'm not going to say that I've never seen a confederate flag hanging in the back of a truck in these parts - but it's just not something that I would consider prevalent on Southern campuses (more likely on the highways in rural areas). Maybe things are different in Texas, though (but I don't really consider Texas Southern. Texas is, well, Texas).

    I've found the student body and faculty at all five of the deep-Southern universities of which I've been a part to be surprisingly open, friendly, tolerant, and curious. And as a Jew, I've definitely kept my eyes and ears open for evidence to the contrary.
  • HuntHunt Registered User Posts: 26,873 Senior Member
    Just a comment about the Confederate flag. While it may represent racism, or even Southern pride, there is something else that it represents to a lot of Southerners, in my opinion: it represents a desire to annoy Northerners. While perhaps unpalatable, that is not quite the same thing as racism. And I think this is why it might be used by some obnoxious college students. It's an in-your-face action that can't be punished because of freedom of speech.
  • csfmapcsfmap Registered User Posts: 371 Member
    This is sad because I’m sure that for most people affiliated with Ole Miss, this incident was reprehensible. Unfortunately, it does tarnish the reputation of the entire university.

    On Wednesday the Dean of Students, Spark Reardon was quoted as saying, “First, I’d like to say that the campus is completely safe today.” and “It is as safe as it is on any other day, so for anyone who believes that the campus is not safe today, I wish they were here to see it. ” While 400 students are only about 2.4% of the student population, that’s enough that if I were a parent of a black student attending Ole Miss, I would feel great concern for their safety.

    Regarding the Confederate flag, I’m not from the south or the north, I’m from the west. I think most people in the west associate the flag with racism, bigotry and often extremism.
  • geeps20geeps20 - Posts: 3,250 Senior Member
    I'm from the NE and never equated the confederate flag with racism...more of southern pride, or what Hunt mentioned, to annoy northerners. Of course, that depends on who exactly is displaying the flag..
  • GottagoworkoutGottagoworkout Registered User Posts: 64 New Member
    The confederate flag is un-American. They claim they are Americans but fly a flag of another nation? Wow

    Anyone flying a confederate flag should be asked to show proof they are American citizens.
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