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December 9, 2019
by Judith Kilborn
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“Board approves 1 step in moving Ole Miss Confederate statue”

According to the Associated Press (https://apnews.com/683ea46398057281596bb8ab09ee287a),

A Confederate statue would be moved from a central spot on the University of Mississippi’s campus to a less prominent Confederate cemetery, under a proposal approved Friday by a state board.

The cemetery is still on campus, but it’s in a place few people walk or drive.

The statue is being removed in part because of student protests:

The monument is one of many erected across the South more than a century ago. Critics say its display near the university’s main administrative building sends a signal that the school glorifies the Confederacy and glosses over the South’s history of slavery.

Pro-Confederate groups from outside the university rallied at the monument Feb. 23, causing Ole Miss basketball players to kneel during the national anthem, in protest of the rally. Student government leaders voted March 5 to ask administrators to move the monument to the cemetery, where Confederate soldiers killed at the Battle of Shiloh are buried.

October 12, 2019
by Judith Kilborn
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Protesting Crucet’s talk

According to the Washington Post (http://(https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2019/10/11/latina-novelist-spoke-about-white-privilege-students-burned-her-book-response/), here’s how students in Georgia responded to a book reading of Make Your Home among Strangers:


A Latina novelist spoke about white privilege. Students burned her book in response.

In response to Jennine Capó Crucet’s talk on campus Wednesday, where she focused her discussion on white privilege, students torched her novel “Make Your Home Among Strangers.”

And here’s Crucet’s official statement about the reading and what happened:

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