Two universities confronted with post-election hate speech during student protests
- Only five weeks after the University of Mississippi's 50-year celebration of how far it has come since racial integration, 400 students gathered on campus Tuesday night, yelling racial slurs and burning a campaign poster, following President Barack Obama's election.
- Mississippi's chancellor, Dan Jones, issued a statement Wednesday shaming the students--two of who were arrested--for hurting the school's reputation and almost 700 students, faculty and staff gathered Wednesday night in a candlelight vigil "counter-protest."
- Hampden-Sydney College in Richmond had similar protests and counter-protests as 40 students threw bottles, shouted racial slurs and set off fireworks outside of the school's Minority Student Union in the hours after the election.
From the article:
Five weeks ago, the University of Mississippi was celebrating how far it has come since becoming racially integrated on Sept. 30, 1962. On Tuesday, 400 students gathered on campus protesting the re-election of President Barack Obama, shouting racial slurs and burning a campaign poster. Police arrested two students – one for public intoxication and one for failure to comply with police orders. In a statement Wednesday, Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones shamed “the few students” who damaged the university’s reputation while pointing to “the vast majority of students who are more representative of our university creed.” ...
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