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Ole Miss Moves Swiftly to Address Latest Racial Controversy

The university’s swift response was a striking contrast to recent events in which it was forced to reckon with racial controversy on campus. In 2012, racial epithets against President Barack Obama were chanted at a student protest.

In 2014, a noose was placed around a statue of James Meredith, the university’s first black student, whose enrollment in 1962 led to deadly rioting on campus. There were no immediate attempts in the aftermath of those events to open up talks between students and the administration.