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:
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.
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