Big headlines were generated in the wake of President Obama's reelection Tuesday at Ole Miss - where what's been described a a "handful" of students took to the streets to burn signs, shout racial slurs, and generally protest the election results.
In the wake of the ultra-embarrassing display, the Atlantic Wire reports that some 600 Ole Miss students fought back Wednesday night, in the form of a "peace walk", designed to show the world that the school isn't represented by the sign-burning bigots that caught the nation's attention a day earlier.
First, here's some raw video from Tuesday night's "protest" of Obama's reelection.
While the episode surely marked a low point for the university, it's reassuring to know that a much larger, less-racist contingent of students at Ole Miss denounced the election night action.
It was clear from the pictures and video taken Tuesday night that the offenders who burned Obama/Biden signs and shouted racial epithets were just a tiny minority of the campus population, but because it became a wider national story, other students felt compelled to respond. About 600 of them turned out for a "peace walk" on Wednesday night, holding candles as they marched across campus in a show of unity. The student newspaper also published an editorial calling Tuesday's disturbance "disgraceful" and reminding the offenders "who they represent and the responsibility they take on when they call themselves Ole Miss Rebels."
The students who organized the response rally said the school has worked hard to change its reputation as a haven for racism, and they wanted to fight back against the handful of idiots who are ruining it for everyone else
And here's some video of Wednesday's "peace walk" at Ole Miss: