The fraternity at Mississippi University is in deep trouble. Three members of the Ole Miss Frat along with the whole chapter happen to be in hot water due to vandalism committed on a civil rights leader’s statue. The statue of James Meredith, the first black student who enrolled in the university in 1962, was found with a noose and the confederate flag around its neck recently.
SigEp’s CEO Brian C. Warren Jr. said Thursday, “It is embarrassing that these men had previously identified with our Fraternity. SigEp as a national Fraternity has championed racial equality and issues on diversity since 1959 when it became the first national fraternity to invite members of all races, creeds and religions to join its membership. For this to occur in 2014 is an insult to the legacy of James Meredith, The University of Mississippi community, and the SigEp alumni who fought for racial equality in the late 1950s.”
While no arrests have been made yet, the offensive nature of the misdemeanor makes for a shamefaced Ole Miss Frat members list. The chapter has been dismissed and three members have been kicked out of the organization after a shocking incident in this post-racist world came to the notice of the authorities.
"SigEp has indefinitely suspended its University of Mississippi Chapter and asked that the chapter cease all operations. The Fraternity staff is working with chapter and alumni-volunteer leadership to conduct an internal investigation. The Fraternity intends to conduct a comprehensive review of the membership to ensure members’ values align with those espoused by the Fraternity," said a statement issued by the fraternity.
A noose along with the flag of the confederate army was found around the neck of the statue of James Meredith. Now, this was no ordinary person whose memory was desecrated by these yahoos on campus. James Meredith happened to be the first black student to enroll at the all-white university in 1962. Back then his enrollment was resisted by the governor of the state. But today we are living in much more enlightened times. To witness such vulgarity and extreme disrespect for fellow members of the human race is truly sickening.
The lawyers of the three suspects who have been kicked off the campus are not allowing the police to question them. An inner search is in the works. The culprits will be found out and their names will be displayed to the world so that no such act of rabidly racist behavior ever takes place again. The university’s top brass has vowed that it won’t allow a few bad apples to spoil the whole bunch.
"We won’t allow the actions of a few men to undermine the more than five decades of leadership this Fraternity has demonstrated in the fight for racial equality and diversity on our college campuses,” said Warren.
Meanwhile, the fraternity has declared that it is truly ashamed at the bad behavior of three of its members (who are the prime suspects for now). Charges may be pressed against these three or others whose names come up with the passage of time.