A real miss at Ole Miss: Students protest Obama re-election with racial epithets

Folks, Stopped commenting at 6: 12 p.m. as I thought we had crossed into the absurd. Happy to end with the sensible comment from the UM student, Thanks, Maureen

Expect a lot of unfortunate attention to Ole Miss as a result of a rabble of immature students reacting badly and crudely to President Obama’s re-election last night. They shouted racial epithets and burned Obama signs until University of Mississippi police arrived and dispersed them.

While some news accounts appear to exaggerate the late-night event as a riot, the Daily Mississippian reported it with greater temperance:

Hundreds of Ole Miss students exchanged racial epithets and violent, politicized chants in response to the announcement of the re-election of President Barack Obama.

What began as an argument around midnight quickly spread across campus.

UPD responded to a fire alarm being pulled in Brown Hall as crowds gathered near Kincannon and Stockard (dorms).

I think the best comment in response to this ugly protest appears on the school newspaper site from an Ole Miss alum named Tyler. He wrote:

Protesting what?

It’s called democracy. This sounds like a bunch of immature 18-year-olds (Kincannon is a freshman dorm) who were raised in an ignorant little bubble and are now embarrassing themselves and everyone else associated with Ole Miss, the state of Mississippi, and the entire South. They are too naive/immature to realize how stupid they look and how embarrassing this is for all associated.

They need to realize it’s 2012 and there is a lot they need to learn and understand about the world outside of the communities they grew up in, the college they go to, and the state they live in. They are all too self consumed because to this point many of them have lived a very comfortable/easy life. Mind you, I went to Ole Miss, I am from the South, and I voted for Romney, so I am not calling out the opposition but rather people I can relate to.

Ironically, there’s a link below the Daily Mississippian story on the Obama protest to a piece about Ole Miss students electing their first African-American homecoming queen.

Courtney Pearson is both first black queen in Ole Miss history and the first non Greek student to win the title.

When her selection was announced, Pearson told the crowd that the credit ought to go to the students who elected her.  “Don’t applaud me. Applaud them. Look at how progressive they are,” she said. (Here is a link to a good CNN story by my former AJC colleague Moni Basu.)

I hope the students last night did not undo that progress.

–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog

93 comments Add your comment

James

November 7th, 2012
1:29 pm

Not surprising. Most college kids are easily driven to a mob mentality. Immature behavior.

Entitlement Society

November 7th, 2012
1:31 pm

Immature college students. Giving them exposure in the press is exactly what they want. The media should ignore it.

upsetum

November 7th, 2012
1:46 pm

And they think they have a chance at the NATIONS NUMBER 1 RECRUIT

God Forbid

November 7th, 2012
1:47 pm

I wonder what would have happened had Obama been defeated ? Would you defend the Obama supporters who planned to riot if Romney won the election ?

SPARKY

November 7th, 2012
1:49 pm

Immature college students?

Like the mini riots at UVA and Harvard and UCLA?

Be real. It’s a backwards state filled with racists.

jd

November 7th, 2012
1:49 pm

Should the media ignore behavior of folks for whom certain legislators want to give rights to carry guns on campus?

Barry

November 7th, 2012
1:52 pm

Nothing happened – people arguing – no one was hurt…. I’m sure the Obama supporters did nothing to incite the arguing.

Heika

November 7th, 2012
1:56 pm

I’ve found no reports about UGA students doing anything like this. Thanks for making me proud, Athens.

Sarah

November 7th, 2012
1:56 pm

Sparky,
thanks for the generality but it’s not appreciated. I’m from MS and all natives are not racists. MS is no different than the rest of our country. sorry you apparently haven’t noticed.

Pride and Joy

November 7th, 2012
1:57 pm

People who are not from old South universities don’t understand how homecoming elections work.
A united student body did not elect the first black homecoming queen.
All the blacks voted for ONE black woman for homecoming queen. The white students split their vote between several white candidates because they have an allegiance to a particular sorority. The whtie vote is split and the black vote is united. Oila, your first black homecoming queen at Old Miss.
It happened at the University of Alabama more than twenty years ago with it touted its first black homecoming queen.
They are all just like the local school board elections. Blacks vote for black candidates.That’s why incumbents win. Blacks have the majority vote.
Nothing new under the sun here.

Inbred hayseeds will be inbred hayseeds.

November 7th, 2012
1:58 pm

Wouldn’t expect anything less from students at a third-tier college in the dumbest, poorest state in the country.

Michael Watson

November 7th, 2012
2:00 pm

Take a look at the percentage of students who were present(not necessarily participating) and you’ll see it’s less than three percent of our student body. We’re not excusing them, we’re defending the other 15,000+ students who weren’t acting foolish.

Ethan

November 7th, 2012
2:03 pm

@SPARKY calling a southern state backwards and racist is just as ignorant as any racist or sexist. You’re an idiot.

Maureen Downey

November 7th, 2012
2:05 pm

@To Matt and others, Your comments will not appear because of the obscenities. If you want to comment, follow the guidelines.
Maureen

Sandusky Much?

November 7th, 2012
2:05 pm

This kind of reminds me of the students at Penn State who threw a fit about the firing of a coach who stood by for years and abetted a known child raepist.
Never be shocked by the lack of class, character and judgement possessed by spoiled 18-21 year olds.

Oh, and thanks to Pride and Joy for clearing up the electoral politics of Homecoming Queen. Obviously you have a lot on your plate.

Sandusky Much?

November 7th, 2012
2:07 pm

I think what Ethan meant was: “calling a Southern state backwards and racist is redundant. I’m an idiot.”

Statick

November 7th, 2012
2:07 pm

They are all just like the local school board elections. Blacks vote for black candidates.That’s why incumbents win. Blacks have the majority vote.

Blacks only make up 12% of the population. Do we each magically multiply and turn out to vote 100% at every election sporting a black candidate?

Phil from Athens

November 7th, 2012
2:10 pm

Hey Maureen, where were you last week when Rev. Lowry said that all white people are going to hell?

Maureen Downey

November 7th, 2012
2:12 pm

@Phil, Did he set anything on fire and cause the police to show up because of calls of concern?
Maureen

Honestly

November 7th, 2012
2:12 pm

Only right wing extremist that don’t believe in being accountable for their hatred and bigotry would even suggest ignoring actions of these students. They’re acting out what they learned in their homes and communities. I owned and ran a business in MS and unfortunately their separatist and hate driven mentality towards all non-Caucasians has had a resurgence across the South and Mid-West among right wing Caucasians. Very sad.

Phil from Athens

November 7th, 2012
2:13 pm

“Did he set anything on fire and cause the police to show up because of calls of concern?”

Way to deflect, Maureen. I figured you couldn’t answer the question last week and now I see you can’t answer it now. Bookman is the same way.

Beatings will continue until morale improves

November 7th, 2012
2:14 pm

Go check out twitter and search #riot and look back before the election at the amount of Obama supporters ready to riot if he didnt win. My kids in my class said they would “turn up” if Obama wasnt re-elected. Shouting through the halls “we gonna get that cracker.”

The masses are truly the a$$es, whichever way you look at it.

Just remember its not hypocrisy when YOU do it.

Phil from Athens

November 7th, 2012
2:15 pm

“Only right wing extremist that don’t believe in being accountable for their hatred and bigotry would even suggest ignoring actions of these students. ”

And the left has their own bigots and racists. Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, David Duke, Louis Farrakhan etc..

Beatings will continue until morale improves

November 7th, 2012
2:16 pm

@Maureen,

he may have not threatened to do it, but he hid like a coward behind a church pulpit and the office he holds as a minister to say “I dont know of any N—– that wouldnt vote for obama” and the all whites are going to hell comment.

To me, its apples and apples. He didnt start a physical fire, but to me its the same.

Maureen Downey

November 7th, 2012
2:17 pm

@Phil, Someone who equates a comment by a 91-year-old — let me repeat that, 91 — with hundreds of students acting badly in the middle of a night doesn’t really want an answer.
Maureen

Phil from Athens

November 7th, 2012
2:17 pm

Yep, only right wingers are evil.

Secret Service ‘Aware’ of Threats Against Romney

@WestonSebree
I’m gonna murder Romney right now—
Weston Sebree (@WestonSebree) October 17, 2012

@iBeBlowinUrMind
Somebody needs to asassinate This mofo Romney 16 Oct 12

@erinheaven
If Romney is elected, I’m going to assassinate him #sniperstyle—
Erin (@erinheaven) October 17, 2012

@breeziedeeznuts
if romney’s elected as president, I will personally assassinate him.—
Rihanna Taught Me (@breeziedeeznuts) October 17, 2012

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/secret-service-aware-threats-against-romney_654788.html

Maureen Downey

November 7th, 2012
2:19 pm

@Phil, And you can also fill pages with similar threats and worse against Obama. What is your point?
Maureen

Phil from Athens

November 7th, 2012
2:19 pm

“Someone who equates a comment by a 91-year-old — let me repeat that, 91 — with hundreds of students acting badly in the middle of a night doesn’t really want an answer.”

More deflection. So what you’re saying is even though he says that all white people, including you, are going to hell…it doesn’t matter because he’s 91 years old.

News flash: The racist bigot preacher gave the benediction at the inauguration of Obama.

Phil from Athens

November 7th, 2012
2:20 pm

“And you can also fill pages with similar threats and worse against Obama. What is your point?”

What’s your point about Ole Miss?

Maureen Downey

November 7th, 2012
2:21 pm

@Phil, Last response: If Romney won and students at UMass or UNH acted this way, it would also be a story. There are more than 2,000 campuses in this country. This is the only one thus far reported to have such an incident. That is what makes it news.
Maureen

Phil from Athens

November 7th, 2012
2:22 pm

“To me, its apples and apples. He didnt start a physical fire, but to me its the same.”

Of course but Maureen doesn’t see it that way. To her, only white republicans are bad. Even though democrat voters made death threats to Romney, they are good.

indigo

November 7th, 2012
2:25 pm

I will bet even money that most of the students graduated from Christian Academy Schools and believe in creationism.

Phil from Athens

November 7th, 2012
2:25 pm

“If Romney won and students at UMass or UNH acted this way, it would also be a story. There are more than 2,000 campuses in this country. This is the only one thus far reported to have such an incident. That is what makes it news.”

It only makes news because it’s Ole Miss and Mississippi has a history of racism. Had oh say…Spelman or Florida A&M set fires to Romney signs and yelled death threats I doubt you would even post it. A few years ago a certain newspaper posted a cartoon of Condi Rice as a slave yet NO ONE reported it at the AJC.

Phil from Athens

November 7th, 2012
2:26 pm

“I will bet even money that most of the students graduated from Christian Academy Schools and believe in creationism.”

Good luck finding anything out about the students since students are protected under federal law. If they are under the age of 21, you will not find one thing about them.

guest

November 7th, 2012
2:32 pm

Typical double standard in this country…had people burned signs of Romney, they would be merely exercising their freedom of speech. Say bad things about Obama and you’re racist.

guest

November 7th, 2012
2:33 pm

By the way, get ready for increases in your taxes next year, middle class.

Heika

November 7th, 2012
2:33 pm

Phil, I don’t think you’ve posted enough here. I demand at least 500 mg of Internet vitrol and race-baiting every hour or else I go into diabetic shock. Chop-chop, get with it.

Frankie

November 7th, 2012
2:34 pm

@PRide and Joy….and exactly how many black students attend Ole Miss compared to whites…what like 16% black student vs. 70%+
So you are okay with white students voting for white female sorority but a black person can not vote for a black personwith no sorority affiliation….
sounds like inter-racial division to me amongst the sororities…I mean loyalty….

indigo

November 7th, 2012
2:35 pm

Beatings, Phil, guest

But, it didn’t happen that way.

Move on.

Kentucky

November 7th, 2012
2:38 pm

There appears to be just as much bigotry in the anti-Mississippi posts here as there is racist bigotry (percentage wise) in Mississippi. I’ve seen bigoted comments here generalizing against Southerners, Mississipians, and Christians.

Truth is there is racism both ways in Atlanta, Mississippi, Boston, Chicago, Kentucky, New Orleans and Riverdale. Hopefully it’s a minority in all of those places, but it’s there. I’ve seen it and heard it. Sometimes it is more subtle, but it’s there. We all need to work on ourselves first if the problem is going to be fixed.

Ron F.

November 7th, 2012
2:40 pm

Wonder where these kids learned those attitudes.

Guess some here will blame this attitude on the bad old public schools.

Entitlement Society

November 7th, 2012
2:41 pm

@ Frankie – I reread P&J’s post and she never stated she had a problem with black people voting for a black person w/o a sorority affiliation. In fact, I would hazard a guess that Ol’ Miss has a (if not multiple) black sorority and fraternity if it’s anything like other southeastern universities.

Logical Dad

November 7th, 2012
2:42 pm

ALRIGHT! I knew when I saw a blog with even a hint of a racial component, good ol’ Phil from Athens would chime in. I adore the torturing of logic and the droolings of the “if this were done by a black/gay/democrat, the media would just ignore it” brigade. You guys never let me down. Thanks.

On topic: “White College Kids At A Southern School Who Grew Up With Their Parents Watching Fox News Do Something Racist” is, sadly, not news. “White College Kids At Southern School Who Grew Up With Their Parents Watching Fox News Do Something Academic or Compassionate,” THAT’s news!

Another View

November 7th, 2012
2:44 pm

Another View

November 7th, 2012
2:45 pm

Here is the letter from the leadership at Ole Miss.
Dear Ole Miss Family,

There are media reports of incidents on our campus last evening in the wake of the election results being announced. First, let meassure all of you that the campus is quiet and safe this morning for all of our students. While the investigation into last night’s events continues, we are grateful there are no reports of injuries or property damage.

The reports of the use of racial language by some have been confirmed by our campus police. The University leadership strongly condemns this kind of behavior and is embarrassed that any students associated with the university would use this kind of language. Our university creed calls for the respect of each individual and for fairness and civility. The investigation of this event will be thorough and individuals found in violation of any law will be referred to appropriate authorities. Individuals found in violation of university policy will be dealt with appropriately through the student conduct process.

As we have acknowledged throughout this year of recognizing fifty years of racial integration at our university, despite evidence of progress, we still live in an imperfect world. All of us in the university community must recommit ourselves to condemn hate and to continue our work to assure our university is a safe and welcoming place for every individual every day.

Sincerely,
Daniel W. Jones, MD
Chancellor

Phil from Athens

November 7th, 2012
2:46 pm

Logical Dud must be under the false impression that I care what he thinks.

Try again.

Logical Dad

November 7th, 2012
2:52 pm

AWESOME! Go Phil!

The letter from Chancellor Jones was the perfect response. No excuses, no “but what if THEY did it?!” stuff. Just owning the issue and accepting responsibility on behalf of the university. Good job. Hope the little Phils listen over there.

guest

November 7th, 2012
2:52 pm

Logical dad,

We say it because it’s true. We didn’t wake up one morning and just say “hey if it was done by a black/gay/democrat” for the hell of it. It’s clear that the media and the ajc have a love affair with Obama.

Heika

November 7th, 2012
2:53 pm

Left-click…select post “Phil from Athens”…Ctrl+C…tab to “FYAD: John Cena would never say ‘fsck’ in front of his son Fred”…Create Post…Ctrl+V…Post

I will become a FYAD superstar with your help. Thanks, Phil!

Phil from Athens

November 7th, 2012
2:54 pm

Logical Dud is funny to watch.

Try again.