Things almost got out of hand Tuesday night as protesters took over the campus at the University of Mississippi after the re-election of President Barack Obama.
The crowd, which was reportedly comprised of approximately 400 people, formed amid widespread outrage expressed via social media sites. Fox News reports that many were heard shouting racial slurs and two people were arrested.
The university released a statement describing how the small assembly of 30-40 people, grew exponentially in a matter of minutes, as more and more people caught wind of it. Along with egregious use of profanity and racial slurs, the students also offensively altered campaign signs, according to reports.
As fate would have it, the protest just so happened to fall on the 50th anniversary of the violent rioting that occurred after the university enrolled its first Black student, James Meredith. Two people were killed and another 200 were injured during those riots, which grew to the point that federal authorities had to send over 3,000 soldiers to contain the unruly mob.
"All of us are ashamed at the few students who have negatively affected the reputations of each of us and of our university" Ole Miss Chancellor Dan Jones told the press. Dan also promised an investigation into the protest.
The most recent image, supposedly from the protest, to go viral showed people burning an Obama/Biden campaign sign. Although it has not been confirmed that this particular incident took place on campus, the racial slurs and vial language have been confirmed by police.
Things were back to normal by Wednesday and later in the evening, hundreds of students even held a candlelight ceremony promoting racial harmony at the university, which currently has a 16.6% Black enrollment, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Check out some video footage of the incident.
Does it surprise you that the students had such a violent and passionate reaction to the president’s re-election? Why or why not?
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