Monday, November 12, 2012

Same As It Ever Was

USA Today carries a story about unrest on the Ole Miss campus . . . er, make that "550 'agitated and angry' students and spectators," who according to the story gathered to hollar about Obama's policies but also about race. Meanwhile, the same sort of thing was going on in Virginia on the campus of Hampden-Sydney College with a lot fewer people involved.

This is a familiar refrain. We've been here before. Two people were killed in 1962 on the Ole Miss campus during massive riots protesting the integration of the university by James Meredith, the first black student to attend school there. U. S. marshals and the National Guard were eventually required to quell the violence.

The National Review says it's all overblown. But of course what else do you expect them to say? We're talking about Mississippi here. Where, I'm sure there's been a huge advance in race relations in the past 50 years. But we all know the dark vein of racism that still runs through this country. It hasn't gone away, and it won't not for a very long time.

Update I: There have been some reports that the doings at Ole Miss were exaggerated. OK. I'll give you that is possible. But I still think it's ominous.
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