Ole Miss chancellor on Obama protest: “Very immature and uncivil approach” to election results

Note: Stopped comments at 9:44 a.m. as we weren’t saying anything productive, Maureen

Here is the official statement from the University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones on the reaction last night of some Ole Miss students to President Obama’s victory over Gov. Mitt Romney.

University police were notified by students shortly before midnight Tuesday that Twitter chatter was indicating students were gathering near the student union to protest the results of the election. The officers found 30-40 students gathered in front of the union, and over the next 20 minutes the gathering had grown to more than 400 students, many of whom were chanting political slogans. The crowd was ordered to disperse by university police, and after about 25 minutes students had returned to residence halls. About 100 students gathered again at one hall, and university police dispersed the group and made two arrests for disorderly conduct, including one for public intoxication and one for failure to comply with police orders.

“While we are grateful that there were no injuries and there was no property damage, we are very disappointed in those students who took a very immature and uncivil approach to expressing their views about the election,” said University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones. “The gathering seems to have been fueled by social media, and the conversation should have stayed there.”

“Unfortunately, early news reports quoted social media comments that were inaccurate. Too, some photographs published in social media portrayed events that police did not observe on campus. Nevertheless, the reports of uncivil language and shouted racial epithets appear to be accurate and are universally condemned by the university, student leaders and the vast majority of students who are more representative of our university creed.”

Jones said, “Parents are being notified that it’s a normal day on campus and that one of America’s safest campuses is safe again this morning, though all of us are ashamed of the few students who have negatively affected the reputations of each of us and of our university. We are initiating a thorough review of this incident to determine the facts and any follow-up actions that may be necessary.”

Jones said, “We are reminding our students of relevant statements within the university creed: The University of Mississippi is a community of learning dedicated to nurturing excellence in intellectual inquiry and personal character in an open and diverse environment. As a voluntary member of this community: I believe in respect for the dignity of each person. I believe in fairness and civility. I believe in personal and professional integrity.”

–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog

73 comments Add your comment

Pride and Joy

November 7th, 2012
7:48 pm

That was quick — and appropriate.
Kudos to the chancellor.

Lee

November 7th, 2012
8:12 pm

Let’s see, some white students were exercising their freedom of speech and freedom of assembly over a political event, a few racial epithets were overheard, which Obama’s daughters probably hear worse on any given hip hop recording, and the politically correct media is acting as though they were breaking out the fire hoses and police dogs in the Selma march.

Lord knows we can’t have white kids becoming racially aware.

Interesting though, Maureen is quick to print when whites act up, but where was she on these glorious events:

Blacks fight at ST Louis community college:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuNAKh5rNzA

Alabama St cafeteria riot:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-txMeWp9tI

Black highschoolers brawl at basketball game:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSd8DAEHkLk

College101

November 7th, 2012
8:27 pm

LEE: Racial situation!! Their is a difference!!

WiserNow

November 7th, 2012
8:32 pm

Oh ok, so they’re supposed to get a pass because some other black kids did it?? You are sick, and you are exactly what’s wrong with this country. I assure you that had this been black kids, instead of sending them to their rooms, they would have been sent to jail. Ole Miss’s history is deeply rooted in racism and its the sole foundation they were built on. I don’t care if you’re black, white, green or Hispanic… YOU DO NOT GET A PASS. They were wrong and their outrageous behavior should be brought to the forefront cause lord knows it would be on CNN, CSpan, ABC, Fox News and every other major media outlet had they been black. Get over yourself. Wrong is wrong no matter what color you are!!!

I love teaching. I hate what it is becoming...

November 7th, 2012
8:41 pm

@Lee “Lord knows we can’t have white kids becoming racially aware.”

What the heck do you mean by “racially aware”? From where I stand, it looks like “give me an excuse to act like a fool”. Sorry, I don’t accept skin color as a reason to act a fool, and neither should you.

Digger

November 7th, 2012
8:43 pm

We need Mississippi, people. It’s the only state that makes us look good.

Brandt Hardin

November 7th, 2012
9:12 pm

The racism of yesteryear has come full circle in our county. The entire world embraced our choice of a black President four years ago and most nations of the world still support him. The fringe elements of Republican sect have crept through into the mainstream once again with conservative mouthpieces planting the seeds of hate. The only doubt lies here at home rooting from bigotry. Watch the white hands paint Obama in Blackface at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2012/10/bamboozling-obama.html

bob

November 7th, 2012
9:19 pm

Lee, you can cite all the examples you want but I think people like Maureen hold blacks to a lower standard like many liberals do. Many examples like the ones you linked can be found but they do not fit the narrative. Just think how she defended Lowrey’s remark about all white people going to hell, Maureen let us know that Lowrey is 91. Lowrey made a similar remark a few years ago and I am sure she found an excuse for that as well, maybe because he was having a bad day or something. I think their is a term for people that hold others to lower standards because of race. Maureen, why is it you only bring up actions of whites you disagree with ?

Aggie-Not

November 7th, 2012
9:43 pm

Normally, I would feel bad for Ole Miss as a few of their students reenforce old stereotypes of their troubled past, but not now. Now that Ole Miss is emerging again as a power in the SEC West, my moral indignation knows no bounds! The news stories and video of the “Anti-Obama Riot of 2012″ should be shown to every potential football recruit to keep the Rebs in the basement of the SEC where they belong!

All kidding aside, much more troubling than a few drunken college students however, is the posting above by Mr. “Lee.” As soon as I saw the use of the term “racially aware,” I suspected it was probably one coined by a hate group. I Googled “whites become racially aware” found the most appalling mix of white supremacist vitriol I have seen in years. Apologize for the racist undergrads all you want Sir. We Now know what you are. Funny you should have such a rich collection of black people acting bad videos at your fingertips. Don’t tell us where you got them, we can guess.

Ron F.

November 7th, 2012
9:47 pm

college students and immature….I thought those were synonyms. All we do by giving this too much attention and debate is justify its existence and encourage it. The sooner we quit talking about this and the less time we give it, the sooner these kids will get bored and move on to something else. They’ll learn- life has a way of confronting your ignornance and either changing it or leaving you by the wayside for it. I don’t support what these kids did, but in the grand scheme of things, it’s very minor compared to what many less visible but clearly more sinister groups will use this election to fuel. Those are the groups we need to be aware of and watch their actions.

juliebird

November 7th, 2012
10:01 pm

I’m sorry: what were they protesting?!
The accuracy of the vote count?
The fairness of the voting process?
The lopsided influence of shadowy PAC donors?
The quality of the campaigns in terms of platform, debate and message?
No.
Ole Miss students threw a tantrum because they didn’t like the black guy winning.
I’m sorry. But you don’t get to overthrow an election by creating an angry mob.
When I think of all the students in Egypt, in Syria, in Bahrain and Tunisia and Yemen and Libya, and what *they’re* protesting, and then I look at these spoiled, drunken yahoos …. I weep for our future.

bootney farnsworth

November 7th, 2012
10:37 pm

so it begins.

the things I’ve seen said and done by non whites which colleges ignored or applauded…
Jones needs to change his depends and worry about real issues, like how to cope with
the next round of insanity coming from DC

canyouhearus

November 7th, 2012
10:49 pm

Ole Miss is not on the forefront of political correctness. I am shocked, shocked I tell you. YAWN!

Private Citizen

November 7th, 2012
10:58 pm

Brandt Obama is not a “black” president. His mother is white. This is not promoted much in the media. I’ll tell you what, that Morgan Freeman guy is a genius. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWgamQdjnq0

Geraaldo

November 7th, 2012
11:09 pm

How soon before some fool goes an burns a 10′ tall cross on the Student Commons?

Megan

November 7th, 2012
11:09 pm

College students are not allowed to assemble and have freedom of Assembly or speech? Oh, they’re white. They have no rights.

Edwin Jeter

November 7th, 2012
11:20 pm

A combination of alcohol, racial epithets, and uncivil language is a recipe for riots and out of control behavior. The involved students appeared to want to do more than exercise freedom of speech. The police and university personnel did an outstanding job.

pheasant tail

November 7th, 2012
11:44 pm

glad they were at least exercising their rights as Americans racist or not. Good to hear of Americans upholding the first amendment. Its also really funny that Republicans are blamed for being racist as if Democrats have their hands clean. how many people voted for Obama because they wanted the black guy over the white guy in 2008.

Alan Sampson

November 8th, 2012
12:06 am

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No surprises here. The Ghosts of Ole Mess are alive and well. People talk about the dangers of inner city USA, but pretend the Deep South is safe and welcoming to all. But anybody with kinfolk near Oxford knows there are places at night nobody without white skin dares to tread. A very old, very angry evil is reemerging in Mississippi.

Midori

November 8th, 2012
12:29 am

@Lee… Amongst you and other white Americans around the country, yes people are acting on their “free speech” but if your “Free Speech” threatens any people, or property, they should be subject to arrest. Being intoxicated and burning signs, doesn’t = free speech. They wanted a fight, and any person who wants to get mad about the election fine, but if they yell racist antics, they are merely jealous, misguided, fearful scumbags who should grab hold of diversity to save themselves from looking like fools. Its too bad you that by your comment you seem just as ill informed and immature as the students you speak about. God Bless.

Jeff

November 8th, 2012
12:36 am

And to think, this is the bright shining future of the Republican party. I’m a fiscal conservative but I’m tired of the fossilized social conservatives throwing election after election to the Democrats with their sickening nudge-nudge-wink-wink-racism, “legitimate rape” mysogyny, and constant homophobia. I swore off ever voting for a Democrat again after I saw the horror that 40 years of Democrat rule had wrought in South Chicago while listening to Democrats on the news call that “compassion” during the 1995 budget fight. But now I’m swearing off voting Republican as well. It is time for the GOP to die for the good of America.

Rex

November 8th, 2012
3:47 am

Anybody surprised??? Well, you shouldn’t be. What did you expect from those southern inbreds?!?! Hey it’s MISSISSIPPI, look up the history of that fine, classy state over the past 70 years. The state is a cess pool. Along with Louisiana, Alabama and Georgia………All four are infested with trailer park, toothless, inbreds…….Typical Southern State.

Rex

November 8th, 2012
3:49 am

I’m sure their parents, and their parents parents, and great grand parents are so very proud for keeping the tradition alive.

Do they study there?

November 8th, 2012
5:14 am

Geez, some drunken rednecks acting like rednecks. News alert. That University is full of them, just as universities are filled with other racists, anarchists, communists, centerists, liberals, reactionaries, and those all along the spectrum. Glad to see the police sent all the little drunk frat boys home (it’s Ole Miss, you can gurantee they were frat boys).
Now…let’s say the protest had been something like suppressing free speech by removing all the campus newspapers in ‘protest’ of some article of free speech they didn’t like. Sorry to say, that wouldn’t even be newsworthy as it has happened so often, but is seen as an OK action. Just as ignorant and scarier in the sense that they normally have had the weight of administration approval behind them (granted, Ole Miss is not the most liberal of spots)

lou lou

November 8th, 2012
5:24 am

only love conquers hate. we are supposed to love our neighbor.

redweather

November 8th, 2012
6:24 am

Unfortunately, both winning and losing will always bring out the worst in some people. Nothing new here.

Max

November 8th, 2012
6:36 am

I see no problem with the students or anyone expressing their displeasure with the results of the election. It is their right to freedom of speech. However, it is one thing to shout political slogans and another thing to shout insults and racial epithets.

catlady

November 8th, 2012
6:50 am

So, Lee, these incidents of black folks behaving poorly is probably evidence o f their “lower” IQ. What does that say about the white kids at Ole MIss? Similarly low IQ? The black kids were acting like low-IQ thugs, but the white kids were using their God-given rights to free expression?

Pride and Joy

November 8th, 2012
7:06 am

Private citizen makes a good point about Obama’s race. He is more white than black. His mother is a lilly white Kansas mom. His Kenyan dad is black;however, Obama was raised by a white family and a whtie society. His white grandparents and white mother raised him in Hawaii and for a time his mother lived overseas in a rural Asian culture.
I’m glad Obama has a mixed race but I’m angry that the mom’s race and her influence is not acknowledged. Obama’s mom must have been an awesome human being to raise her son without Obama’s dad, who split when Obama was two. For a time they lived on welfare, yet, look at the values she instilled in Obama. Look at the work she put into his education. Obama is president today because of the values of a wonderful mom. Why is it that his mother is rarely given credit? Perhaps because she is white or perhaps because she is a woman and a woman’s influence is discredited?
Even Tiger Woods doesn’t call himself black. His mother is Asian. She raised him and influenced him but he is always called black. One look at his lovely almond eyes will tell you he is of mixed race too.
We women raise the next generation. We influence our children. We are the ones working hard to ensure our children get an education. We are the ones who take the chiildren to church. We are the ones to shoulder the financial and emotional extreme hardships when the fathers in our society bug out.
And we are called the “weaker” sex.
Go figure.

AtlSteve

November 8th, 2012
7:17 am

Sounds like an Occupy event…without the violence and destruction of public property though.

Entitlement Society

November 8th, 2012
7:39 am

@catlady – I just reread Lee’s post. See no mention of IQ.

mom of 3

November 8th, 2012
7:41 am

Brandt……Those kids acted like fools, no doubt. But if you are going to talk about racism, talk about the fact that almost every black American voted for Obama. That is racism. When am I going to read a news story about that????

AtlSteve

November 8th, 2012
7:48 am

Maureen, why is my 7:17AM comment awaiting moderation?

Alice

November 8th, 2012
7:50 am

@Mom of 3 Maybe the the “Black Americans” voted for President Obama because…wait for it…they were Democrats. Just a thought

Dixie Rules

November 8th, 2012
7:53 am

NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN!!

mom of 3

November 8th, 2012
7:55 am

we didnt vote for OBAMA because hes black we voted for him because we think hes best qualified….do u really think BLACKS would have voted for a moron like HERMAN CAIN?

redweather

November 8th, 2012
7:55 am

“almost every black American voted for Obama. That is racism.”

No, mom of 3, that’s sensible voting.

Nacho Libre

November 8th, 2012
7:56 am

Mom of 3. Just wait 4 years and you’ll see nearly all black people vote for Hillary. In your ignorance what will you call that?

Batgirl

November 8th, 2012
7:59 am

I get the Chattanooga Times-Free Press in my school library. Yesterday’s edition had a large picture of a group of mostly black people celebrating under the headline OBAMA AGAIN. When a middle aged colleague saw it, she became enraged and said some of the most bigoted things that I’ve actually heard, not seen in an anonymous blog, in a long time. So, if you wonder where immature undergrads get their ideas, it’s from their immature parents.

Top School

November 8th, 2012
8:01 am

Yes Maureen…as I said about Atlanta Public Schools…and on many posts in this blog…IT IS ALL ABOUT RACIAL ISSUES There are some serious issues that need to be dealt with. The Atlanta Way is not fake…and the line that divides North and South Atlanta exists still today. This hate is deep rooted and candy coated. Those of us that have observed it first hand are not race baiting on this blog…we are trying to expose the problem that needs to be addressed.

“Wake up. There are real problems in the world. There are real, knowable facts in the world. Let’s accept those and talk about how we might approach our problems differently.”

To hell in a handbasket

November 8th, 2012
8:01 am

@mom of 3 Blacks traditionally vote Democratic. I’ll bet at least ninety percent of Black America voted for Bill Clinton and John Kerry, the two previous democratic candidates for president.

monday

November 8th, 2012
8:05 am

The Republicans will have to disassociate themselves from Trump, Palin, Murdouck, and other extremists if they hope to regain the White House. There are too many multiracial people and in this country for the GOP to spew its infectious negative rhetoric. I doubt that the grandchildren of these old Dixiecrats support their racist philosophies. Remember that minorities are not the only people who are a part of Romney’s 47 %.

monday

November 8th, 2012
8:06 am

The Republicans will have to disassociate themselves from Trump, Palin, Murdouck, and other extremists if they hope to regain the White House. There are too many multiracial in this country for the GOP to spew its infectious negative rhetoric. I doubt that the grandchildren of these old Dixiecrats support their racist philosophies. Remember that minorities are not the only people who are a part of Romney’s 47 %.

To hell in a handbasket

November 8th, 2012
8:11 am

So a few drunk college kids made fools of themselves in the state of Mississippi. Remember, this is the state where several teenagers decided it would be fun to run over a black man with a pick up truck and kill him. This was only a year or two ago. Why is anybody surprised or shocked? I am a black man that lived in Mississippi for two years in the early “90s. I am not surprised at all.

Top School

November 8th, 2012
8:16 am

The divide of RACE…and those minorities selected to grace the doors of the Northside community that will follow the NORTHSIDE set of RULES to keep their segregation secrets is clearly visible to those of us that are WHITE and have first hand experiences. We’ve blended in with the oppressors and listened in on conversations because our whiteness and smiling faces allowed us automatic membership to the inside.

Once EXPOSED…we are labeled crazy or a trader. A “LOVER” of the opposite RACE.
We’ve been trying to tell you…this is deep rooted….and continues to fester 1960’s hate not seen with a naked eye.

We are not race baiting…we are race telling. I am ashamed of some of the antics of my white race…currently…and through out history.

http://www.TopPublicSchoolCorruptionAtlanta.com

catlady

November 8th, 2012
8:16 am

/Entitlement Society: I was pre-empting Lee, because his theme is always about how low IQ blacks are. You must not read him frequently (good choice!)

Pride and Joy–I really appreciate what you said at 7:06

indigo

November 8th, 2012
8:22 am

It’s true that, if college black kids act in a similiar manner as these white ones, the media will show much more tolerance.

This is what’s known as a double standard. It’s one of the primary reasons civil rights progress has esentially come to a halt. Most blacks know this, but will not give up their double stadard status for anything. The ability to stick it to whitey with either little or no media criticism is just too good to give up.

mystery poster

November 8th, 2012
8:29 am

Maybe they should have just shot them like they did at Kent State
/sarcasm..

Top School

November 8th, 2012
8:29 am

@ pride and joy…
I am not sure you realize or have the intentions to post your view in this matter.
But, from the first read…it appears that white or mixed adorable children with almond eyes … raised by white women …seems so tastefully.

Totally black children raised by totally BLACK WOMEN…deserve credit too. It is not the color or shape of ones eyes that should give credence to the character of the soul.

Something in your post sorta bothers me…and honesty I don’t think it was your intention.

“We women raise the next generation. We influence our children. We are the ones working hard to ensure our children get an education. We are the ones who take the chiildren to church. We are the ones to shoulder the financial and emotional extreme hardships when the fathers in our society bug out.”

cpandy

November 8th, 2012
8:33 am

Yeah, indigo, the media is always so tolerant of blacks rioting *sarcasm. Way to play the reverse race card.