Mississippi is also the state, by the way, in which 46% of Republicans think that inter-racial marriage should be illegal. So let’s not to be too surprised that their children start violent protests when a black man wins the presidency. Racism starts at home.
A protest at the University of Mississippi against the re-election of President Barack Obama grew into crowd of about 400 people with shouted racial slurs as rumors of a riot spread on social media. Two people were arrested on minor charges.
The university said in a statement Wednesday that the gathering at the student union began late Tuesday night with about 30 to 40 students, but grew within 20 minutes as word spread. Some students chanted political slogans while others used derogatory racial statements and profanity, the statement said.
The incident comes just after the 50th anniversary of violent rioting that greeted the forced integration of Ole Miss with the enrollment of its first black student, James Meredith.
A Romney voter, who went to Ole Miss, left a comment about the mess on the university newspaper Web site:
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.
Not everyone thinks it’s “democracy”:
Trump went on to call for a “revolution” in response to a democratic election. Nice.
At least all is not lost. As the blog I linked to above noted, in good news, Ole Miss elected it first African-American homecoming queen this year. It may sound like small bits, but that kind of social acceptance, and cultural normalization, is a big deal when you’re young It sends an important message about race and tolerance, that apparently Mississippi (and Alabama too) is still in dire need of.