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9:15 pm - 11/20/2009

Ole Miss Students Social Networking Against Klan


by Darrell Creecy
November 20, 2009

The Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan plans to protest the University of Mississippi's decision to drop its controversial fight song Saturday before the football game against Louisiana State University. In response, Ole Miss students of all races are using Facebook to organize opposition and counter-demonstrations.

The Klan told Oxford media that its members will appear in full Klan regalia at the university in front of Fulton Chapel on Nov. 21 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. to hold a peaceful protest on the right to free speech. "We'll be there with robes on. It will probably just be a silent protest," KKK Great Titan Shane Tate of Tupelo told the Daily Mississippian. "We don't believe in hurting anybody, and we're not going to come up there with guns and ammo, but we will defend ourselves if we have to."

The chancellor has not said that spectators could not yell out the phrase, which indeed would be violation of their constitutional right to free speech at a public event at a public university.

The Oxford Eagle reported on its Web site today that Nathan Ray Nunley, 20, a white student from Tupelo, started a Facebook group this week -- Students Against the KKK at Ole Miss -- to counteract the inevitable bad publicity that the Klan is trying to kick up for Ole Miss and the state.

"I personally feel that if students don't show proper resistance to the KKK's presence, then the whole country will assume that the University of Mississippi condones their message. This is unacceptable for this institution's reputation,
" Nunley told the Oxford Eagle.

The Klan is protesting Chancellor Dan Jones' request to band director David Wilson last week to stop playing the fight song, "From Dixie With Love," at school events, including football games, due to students chanting "The South Shall Rise Again" during the song. The chant is a Confederate rallying cry and offensive to many students and spectators, as is the song "Dixie." The fight song combines "Dixie" with "Battle Hymn of the Republic."

"We live in the antebellum south which is based on slavery, and 'Dixie' is a song that celebrates that time," Mark Potok, the director of the Intelligence Project for the Southern Poverty Law Center, in Montgomery, Ala., told the Jackson Free Press. "Organizations like the KKK are still living in a disillusioned world."

Tate, the great titan, told the Daily Mississippian that his ancestors fought in the Confederate War, but weren't slave owners. "[B]ut they stood tall and fought for the South because the South was being invaded," he said.

In a prepared statement, Tate tried to draw on racism against the United States president to draw support for his klavern's cause. He said that several speakers will address the state of the college and the nation, from their point of view: "They will be focused on Ole Miss and the current administration that is following in the footsteps of Barack Hussein Obama as he drives our nation into the ground."

"I think I'm gonna sleep in," Brandon Irvine, an opinion columnist for the Daily Mississippian, told the Jackson Free Press today. Irvine says that this issue is far over-rated and that the KKK is "all talk." It was rumored around campus that the KKK would protest at the Ole Miss vs. Tennessee game last week, but they did not show.

"It's just so not relevant," Irvine said. "If people would just let it go, it wouldn't still be an issue."


Another student group, One Mississippi, is also planning a counter-demonstration and met at the Delta Gamma sorority house Thursday night to strategize. According to its Facebook page, which has more than 200 members, of various races, the group wants to use the recent fight-song controversy to have a conversation about race at Ole Miss.

"Dialogue is the base of One Mississippi, in which we try to foster honest and frank conversation about the present trials that plague the Ole Miss campus. Not only does dialogue bring awareness, but it brings understanding,"
One Mississippi member Melissa Cole wrote on Facebook.

The group plans to give out T-shirts that say: "Turn your back on hate: I live by the UM creed," as well as "Unity" stickers.

Tate's Klan klavern also plans a lighting of the Christmas cross in Tupelo in December.


I find the Klan titles/terms really lulzy ("klavern?" "Great Titan"? LOL WUT). But it's good to see that Ole Miss is trying to move into the future, so to speak. But at the same time, a lot of Ole MIss kids are still apathetic or of the mindset that ~race stuff~ is "in the past" and therefore unimportant so.. :/

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wowwubbzy 21st-Nov-2009 03:41 am (UTC)
this will sound ignorant but i still can't believe something like the KKK still exists in 2009
scolaro 21st-Nov-2009 12:28 pm (UTC)
MTE. It's really sad.
salienne 21st-Nov-2009 12:48 pm (UTC)
mte
sailorangei 21st-Nov-2009 03:47 am (UTC)
Permission to not take these people seriously?

C'mon now! Klavern is just something they made up! Its not even a word!
muppetfromhell 21st-Nov-2009 04:46 am (UTC)
as opposed to the "words" Klu, Klux and Klan?
sailorangei 21st-Nov-2009 04:09 pm (UTC)
Point.
escherichiacola 21st-Nov-2009 03:59 am (UTC)
following in the footsteps of Barack Hussein Obama as he drives our nation into the ground

I'm always amazed that after the scorch and burn of civil liberties, scientific integrity, prestige at home and and abroad, government oversight and any fiscal responsibilities we can actaully go lower. I mean, I guess if Obama could knock us out of orbit into the sun.
inazuma_1 21st-Nov-2009 04:05 am (UTC)
I've no idea why but as I read this article I started whistling the music you hear on Wolfenstein-3D's title screen.
layweed 21st-Nov-2009 04:17 am (UTC)
"Great Titan", "Grand Wizard", "Grand Imperial Wizard", "Grand Dragon of the Realm".

Is it just me or does anyone else think they're overcompensating for something with grandiose names?
primroseburrows 21st-Nov-2009 08:59 am (UTC)
It sounds like they're trying to be the SCA and failing terribly.
suckmyglock 21st-Nov-2009 11:56 am (UTC)
Wizard, Titan and Dragon as honorary titles make no sense to me unless you actually are a wizard, dragon or titan.
sailorangei 21st-Nov-2009 04:10 pm (UTC)
Or playing D&D
eversofar 21st-Nov-2009 04:45 am (UTC)
I'm sorry, I can't take anyone who calls himself "Great Titan" seriously.
devil_ad_vocate 21st-Nov-2009 05:05 am (UTC)
Are these klansmen Ole Miss alumni? I always thought KKK members dropped out of school after 3rd grade.
rex_dart 21st-Nov-2009 05:08 am (UTC)


idk what this really has to do anything but idgaf.

ETA: omg this is the first time the fact that he calls him "Rhett" really hit me.

Edited at 2009-11-21 05:10 am (UTC)
eyetosky 21st-Nov-2009 07:22 am (UTC)
'Tate, the great titan, told the Daily Mississippian that his ancestors fought in the Confederate War, but weren't slave owners. "[B]ut they stood tall and fought for the South because the South was being invaded,' he said."

It always amazes me the kinds of flaming rhetorical hoops they go through to leave out exactly what that means.
erunamiryene 21st-Nov-2009 07:49 am (UTC)
due to students chanting "The South Shall Rise Again"

Well, hell, the South NEEDS to rise. You know, on things like education, test scores, getting more of its residents out of poverty, health insurance coverage ....

Oh wait, that's not what they mean?

/tongue-in-cheek
mcsourface 24th-Nov-2009 12:34 am (UTC)
That's a burn.
lied_ohne_worte 21st-Nov-2009 10:31 am (UTC)
"I think I'm gonna sleep in," Brandon Irvine, an opinion columnist for the Daily Mississippian, told the Jackson Free Press today. Irvine says that this issue is far over-rated and that the KKK is "all talk." It was rumored around campus that the KKK would protest at the Ole Miss vs. Tennessee game last week, but they did not show.

"It's just so not relevant," Irvine said. "If people would just let it go, it wouldn't still be an issue."


Nice attitude for a reporter, that.
perfectisafault 21st-Nov-2009 03:07 pm (UTC)
There's a reason a lot of people call The Daily Mississippian "The Daily Mistake" xD
starbooks 21st-Nov-2009 04:16 pm (UTC)
oh yes.
monkey_kong 22nd-Nov-2009 01:25 am (UTC)
For a split second I thought that was the Ghostbusters logo and I got really confused.
ultradowney 22nd-Nov-2009 02:37 am (UTC)
lol MTE

In all fairness though, I'm 99% certain that's what they were visibly punning (I'm to wired to remember the real term).
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