Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Ole Miss Student Victim of Racial Abuse

Mary and Jamal Woods
Ole Miss student Jamal Woods claims that he is the victim of racial abuse on campus. Woods reported three incidences, beginning in August, in which Woods was targeted because of his race.

The most recent attack, severe vandalism to Woods’ truck, which he received for graduation just last summer, occurred the night before the election night protests

These recent racial issues have caught the attention of  Rev. Dwight Montgomery, The President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, a Memphis based Civil Rights organization. Upon hearing of Woods’ story, Montgomery is demanding a meeting with University leaders to not only discuss Woods’ case, but also the larger race problem at Ole Miss.

The University has made several moves to heal race relations since the Election Night Protest and Woods’ story has gone public; they have sponsored a Candlelight Walk and a town-hall meeting addressing how to move forward. 

Ole Miss spokesman Danny Blanton said that he and others on the administration would be happy to have a meeting with Montgomery to discuss this issue.  The University's statement regarding Woods can be found in its entirety here

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