FBI Hunts Racist Vandals Who Defaced Statue of First Black Student at Ole Miss

Alumni association offers $25,000 reward for information that leads to arrests

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation is assisting the University of Mississippi search for two men suspected of defacing a statute of the school’s first black student.

The statue of James Meredith, who attended the school in 1962, was found Sunday morning with a noose and Confederate flag, the New York Times reports. The University of Mississippi said in an earlier statement that a witness heard the men “shouting racial slurs” as they vandalized the statue.

Ole Miss’ alumni association is offering a $25,000 reward to anybody with knowledge that could lead to the arrest of the suspects.

“These individuals chose our university’s most visible symbol of unity and educational accessibility to express their disagreement with our values,” said University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones. “Their ideas have no place here, and our response will be an even greater commitment to promoting the values that are engraved on the statue — Courage, Knowledge, Opportunity, and Perseverance.”

[New York Times]

3 comments
GuoLiang
GuoLiang

Wouldn't be surprised it turned out to be another campus hoax. Why does some guy get a statue just for being black? 

bobbysam
bobbysam

@GuoLiang  i love seeing the racist population in the united states rapidly decreasing.  there are always going to be knuckleheads, but i think in twenty years, the majority of that racist population is going to grow old and die.  people in fifty years will look back and try to understand how some people could have been so closed minded and degressive.

Noneck
Noneck

@GuoLiang 
Wow, it shows you have now concept of American history and the role James Meredith played in it! 


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