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This wasn’t the America the president spoke about in his speech last night. A 400-person election protest at the University of Mississippi featured some rioters yelling racial epithets. One photo on Twitter showed the mob burning an Obama campaign sign, but it’s unclear if that really happened on campus. Word spread on Twitter as the student journalists tweeted a “riot” video. Two were arrested.
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.
Ole Miss Chancellor Dan Jones promised an investigation and said “all of us are ashamed of the few students who have negatively affected the reputations of each of us and of our university.”
As a counter to the protest, about 700 students gathered outside the university administration building on Wednesday evening, holding lit candles and calling for racial harmony.