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Ole Miss frat suspended, 3 members expelled over James Meredith statue noose

James Meredith statue at Ole Miss
James Meredith statue at Ole Miss
Washington Post

An Ole Miss frat - a University of Mississippi fraternity chapter –has been suspended indefinitely on Friday by the fraternity’s national organization. Additionally, three freshman members of the Ole Miss frat were thrown out of the fraternity because they are suspected of being involved with the unacceptable racist activity on the campus, according to a Yahoo! News report on Friday.

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The three unidentified freshmen are suspected of hanging a noose on a statue of James Meredith who was the first African-American student to enroll in the University.

Sigma Phi Epsilon asserted via a statement that the Alpha Chapter at the University has been suspended, and that the chapter has voted for the expulsion of the three men believed to have been involved in the incident. Also, they are turning their names into the authorities investigating the incident.

The incident became news on Sunday when police found a noose tied around the neck of the James Meredith statue. Additionally, there was an old Georgia flag with a Confederate battle emblem on the flag’s design. The flag has been updated in the past to take that emblem off of it.

Historically, in the fall of 1962, when Meredith attempted to enter the University of Mississippi, Mississippi’s governor tried to stop his enrollment into the school. Violence broke out at the University in Oxford, Mississippi. Five-hundred United States marshals were sent to the University by then-United States Attorney General Robert Kennedy. Ultimately, Meredith enrolled in the school, and eventually graduated with a political science degree.

The FBI is involved with the current investigation of the vandalism of the statue. There may be violations of federal law involved with the actions of the three young men, according to the FBI.

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