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Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

I’ve been at Ole Miss for four years now. During my tenure here we have suffered turmoil over mascots, the “South Will Rise Again” debacle, a 16-game SEC losing streak, and a Ku Klux Klan rally. Despite the national attention each of these events spurred, I have never been more embarrassed to be an Ole Miss Rebel than the day after the presidential election and subsequent demonstrations on campus. In the days leading up to the ESPN documentary, Ghosts of Ole Miss, I often heard students hoping that the film “doesn’t make us look bad.” Truth is, we don’t need ESPN; we make Ole Miss look bad all by ourselves.
The only explanation for last night’s incident is pure ignorance: a blight that has plagued Mississippi for hundreds of years. If we, as students, continue to buy into racially-charged debates and hatred, our beloved university will never be able to move forward. There is no place at Ole Miss for those who instigate the misunderstanding and spite that undeniably accounts for the post-election demonstration. Undoubtedly, the actions of a few have tarnished the name of our Ole Miss, but as bystanders, we are all equally culpable. The silent majority of level-headed students must now fulfill their duty to stop the spread of prejudice and ignorance on our campus. If you’re concerned about getting a job after college in the “Obama economy,” just try doing it with a degree from a university whose main connotation outside the state is one of intolerance and aversion.  

Travis Gray
Public policy, political science and French senior