Ole Miss responds to student’s racist and now-viral Facebook remarks
Published 10:22 am Friday, September 23, 2016
Update (1:53 p.m.): Ole Miss Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter has released a statement regarding recent social media comments gaining attention and causing concern in the university community.
The University of Mississippi Twitter account has responded to a tweet from New York Daily News writer Shaun King featuring screenshots that appear to show a racist, threatening comment from an Ole Miss student.
@ShaunKing Thanks for sending. We do NOT support this type of language that encourages, condones violence. We will investigate thoroughly.
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— Ole Miss (@OleMissRebels) September 23, 2016
The screenshot in question appears to be a comment thread on a video of the Charlotte protests shared by student Andrew Soper, who’s currently leading a student campaign to restore the state flag on campus.
Jordan Samson, whose now-hidden or deleted Facebook profile says is a current student at the university, responded with, “I have a tree with enough room for all of them if you want to settle this Wild West style,” referring to black protestors in the video.
Read the full thread below.
(Warning: Strong language)