Meredith calls Ole Miss vandalism "distraction," "foolishness" - WDAM - TV 7 - News, Weather and Sports

Meredith calls Ole Miss vandalism "distraction," "foolishness"

Posted: Updated:
Civil rights pioneer James Meredith speaks at Lumberton High School Friday afternoon. Civil rights pioneer James Meredith speaks at Lumberton High School Friday afternoon.
LUMBERTON, MS (WDAM) -

Outspoken Mississippi civil rights pioneer James Meredith is calling recent vandalism of a statue is his honor at the University of Mississippi "foolishness" and a "distraction" and he said in no way should it discourage African-American students from attending Ole Miss.

Meredith, who spoke Friday at a black history program at Lumberton High School, was the first African-American student admitted to Ole Miss in 1962.

Twelve days ago, a noose and an old Georgia state flag were placed on a statue of Meredith at the university.  No one has yet been charged with a crime, but three Ole Miss freshmen students from Georgia have been kicked out of their fraternity and could be expelled from school in connection with the incident. 

Meredith said, "teenagers have been committing pranks and doing foolish things forever, and blacks will be out of their minds if they were planning on going to Ole Miss and let this distraction turn them away."

"There has not been a lynching in Mississippi since 1958, almost six decades...so what's so important about a noose? That's foolishness," he said.

Meredith also spoke about the importance of education for minority students and said churches should play a more important role in helping to raise black children. 

Copyright 2014 WDAM. All rights reserved.

 

  • LOCALLOCALMore>>

  • One dead, one in custody after late night shooting in Hattiesburg

    One dead, one in custody after late night shooting in Hattiesburg

    Saturday, August 23 2014 9:24 AM EDT2014-08-23 13:24:41 GMT
    A Hattiesburg man is dead, and another in custody after a late night shooting on Dabbs Street.  Carlos Yancey, 35, of Hattiesburg died from what appeared to be a gun shot wound according Forrest CountyMore >>
    A Hattiesburg man is dead, and another in custody after a late night shooting on Dabbs Street.More >>
  • A rally to prevent drop-outs

    A rally to prevent drop-outs

    Saturday, August 23 2014 2:00 AM EDT2014-08-23 06:00:12 GMT
    Gautier schools came together this Thursday for a Destination Graduation celebration. Destination Graduation is a drop-out prevention program put in place by the Pascagoula School District to raise theMore >>
    Gautier schools came together this Thursday for a Destination Graduation celebration.
    Destination Graduation is a drop-out prevention program put in place by the Pascagoula School District to raise the graduation rate to 100% over the next five years.








     
    More >>
  • Lee Vance named Jackson's new Chief of Police

    Lee Vance named Jackson's new Chief of Police

    Saturday, August 23 2014 1:16 AM EDT2014-08-23 05:16:23 GMT
    Mayor Tony Yarber has officially named Lee Vance as Jackson's new Chief of Police. Vance is a 27 year veteran with the Jackson Police Department.  He has held several leadership positions within theMore >>

    "He has proven leadership and respect in the community and among the rank and file in the Jackson Police Department," Yarber said. "He also shares the administration's vision for a holistic approach to crime-fighting and crime prevention."More >>