Protests continued at the University of Mississippi Wednesday involving students opposed to the re-election of President Obama and Vice President Biden.
But the protesters were outnumbered by about 700 students who gathered to rally for peace. Students attending the rally held up candles and called for racial harmony at the Circle outside the administrative building in Oxford.
“We Are One Mississippi. We will not stand for hate,” tweeted @CristenHemmins.
The Washington Post and other media outlets choose to call attention to the scattered racial protests at Ole Miss rather than the peaceful rally.
“A crowd of about 400 people shouted racial slurs as rumors of a riot spread on social media.” writes The Washington Post.
Two people were arrested. No injuries were reported.
“All of us are ashamed of the few students who have negatively affected the reputations of each of us and of our university,” said Ole Miss Chancellor Dan Jones.
From The Washington Post:
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.
Police were initially alerted to Tuesday’s uproar by people who saw Twitter posts about it. The students were told to leave, but about 100 came back later. One person was charged with public intoxication and another with failure to comply with police orders.
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