Mitt Romney won the state of Mississippi's six electoral votes yesterday, but some students at the University of Mississippi were not at all pleased with President Obama's re-election. Rather than get over it and move on, a group of Ole Miss students responded with a gross display of ignorance.
The group congregated in front of several campus dorms to protest Obama's re-election. Eventually, a reported 400 students gathered, trading racial epithets and "violent, politicized chants." Several students were arrested, though none are said to have been charged. There have also been conflicting reports on whether or not rocks were thrown.
The University of Mississippi's Chancellor Daniel W. Jones issued a statement, apologizing for the behavior:
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.
There are some eerie parallels between this and the riot that ensued following the enrollment of James Meredith, who desegregated Ole Miss 50 years ago. These ghosts of Mississippi are precisely why Meredith wanted nothing to do with the university's 50th anniversary celebration last month.