Details continue to come out concerning last weekend’s incident at the University of Mississippi concerning the treatment of a statue commemorating James Meredith’s entry into that institution back in 1962. It might first be a good idea to remind people of the event that statue commemorates:
This blog simply reported the event and the reaction of the folks at Old Miss, without speculating as to who might have placed a noose around the neck of the Meredith statue or who covered it with an old Georgia state flag that features the Confederate Battle Flag.
Other people, however, displayed no such restraint.
Nor was such speculation limited to one particular source.
Well, we now know that University of Mississippi authorities have sought to meet with three first year Old Miss students from Georgia who are members of the same fraternity, and that the students have been less than fully cooperative to date and have sought legal representation. The students in question are white. The university also suspended the fraternity: the president of the national chapter of that fraternity denounced the incident at the statue. The students in question are white.
Several weeks ago an incident at Arizona State also received national attention, with university officials taking action against the fraternity in question (no word yet on what might happen to the students). This blog deplored that incident as well. Now, how did the people above respond?
Hmmm. I don’t see anything here about some anti-Confederate heritage plot. Oh, no: the university had a race problem, and the instructors there are part of the problem.
I think we do see something about the true hypocritical nature of one Connie Chastain, the spokesperson and webmaster for the Virginia Flaggers. Then again, folks know she has a racism issue (as well as a homophobia issue, and an interest in defending someone who wishes a woman with whom he disagrees should be a rape victim …. and so on … but that’s the Flaggers for you).
Not all of Connie’s loyal readers agreed:
So we know that these folks don’t think that racist behavior is wrong. It’s just “kids having fun” … just like Matthew Heimbach is “a good guy,” right?
Mind you, there will be a flagging at Old Miss in a few days. As organizer Lani Burnette Rinkel (see above … the name should be familiar) puts it: “We will continue to desensitize the residents of Oxford and hopefully by the time of the Memorial Event, we’ll have them so used to seeing the flag, it’ll be like breathing and completely natural.”
This ought to be interesting.
In the meantime, the investigation into the incident at Old Miss will continue, and we await word on its progress and findings.