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Update 09/20/18 3:26 p.m.
The university's chancellor Jeffrey Vitter released the following statement to the Ole Miss community:
"To the UM Community:
We are writing about a disturbing incident and the path forward. On Wednesday, the namesake of our journalism school, Ed Meek, posted a comment on Facebook that we condemned as having highly offensive racial overtones.
This social media post was deeply hurtful because of the sentiment conveyed about the presence of African-Americans in Oxford and at Ole Miss. We are outraged that photographs of two of our female African-American students were used to make this point. University leaders have been in contact with the students to give them support and assistance.
The University’s Senior Leadership Group met in emergency session about this incident and its impact on our community. We have important decisions to make, and they will be made in a thoughtful and intentional manner.
As part of this process, we are hosting a listening session for the UM community this evening at 7:30 p.m. at Nutt Auditorium. It is important to come together as a community. We support all members of our community and respect the dignity of each person."
Update 09/20/18 2:58 p.m.
On Thursday, faculty members with the Meek School of Journalism released the following video.
Dean Will Norton Jr. with the support of the faculty released this video statement on Thursday. pic.twitter.com/54nUK8lqFr
— Meek School (@MeekJournalism) September 20, 2018
See the original post below.
OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) -- Ole Miss Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter is condemning a critical Facebook post by a university alumnus that some are seeing as offensive and having a racial overtone.
The post was made by Ed Meek, whose name is on the journalism school at Ole Miss.
Meek wrote that he was concerned about what was happening on The Square late at night after a ballgame.
He said the campus newspaper, The Daily Mississippian, quoted the police chief saying officers made over 40 arrests, and that there were fights in most venues.
However, the criticism is over the pictures of two black women in the post who were apparently on The Square at the time.
The Daily Mississippian reports that the chancellor responded on Facebook to the post.
He wrote that the pictures suggest an unjustified racial overtone that is highly offensive and that Meek should withdraw his comments and apologize to anyone who was offended.
The campus newspaper reports that they tried calling Meek's cellphone for a response.
However, Meek hung up.
Meek has since taken down the post, but before it was removed, it had received over a thousand comments and nearly 600 shares.
Meek later apologized in a post.
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