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WLOX Editorial: political protest at Ole Miss

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It's unfortunate that the University of Mississippi made national news last week because of protests following President Barack Obama's re-election.

The reports from campus were that 400 students gathered, some angry, some just curious.  A few reportedly yelled racial slurs and photos showed someone set Obama Biden campaign signs on fire.

While this is a public relations nightmare for any University, it is especially troubling considering history and the racial strife at Ole Miss in the1960's.

From the reports, it seems this was an isolated incident caused by a few students who made some poor choices. It was comforting to hear from many students, white and black, that said this was not a true reflection of the Ole Miss they know today.

The night after the protest, an even larger gathering took place at Ole Miss. Some 600 students took part in a march which the organizer said she hoped would show the community that we stand together to change the image of Mississippi.

A lot of decisions have been made by the students that show their desire to have a racially and ethnically diverse campus. The student body president and the current homecoming queen are African American.

The post election incident at Ole Miss reminds us that despite how far we've come, like the rest of America, there remains much to be done to end racial discrimination. An isolated incident, should not take away from all that's has been achieved at Ole Miss in the past 50 years.

That's our opinion, we would like to hear yours. Email your thoughts to editorials@wlox.com, or post your comments below.

David Vincent
WLOX-TV General Manager

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