Ole Miss Racism

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“Misses” or “Ole Miss” was the term slaves used to refer to their master wives (Mayfield, 2015). The name was suggested by alumnus Elma Meek in 1896 for the yearbook name contest, later becoming the school’s affectionate nickname. Its uniqueness set the institution apart from others, yet brought strife because of if it’s perceived racial association (Mayfield 2015).
For the past decade, the media has brought national attention to the controversy over the school’s nickname. Headlines such as, “Ole Miss Racial Incidents have many feeling uneasy” (Valencia and Baldacci, 2014), “Student Indicted for Hanging Noose around Ole Miss Statue Honoring James Meredith” (Workneh, 2015), “Racist Episodes Continue to Stir Ole Miss Campus” (Blinder, 2014)
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Students are not happy.” A student commented, “…while the university has a history that we may not be proud of as modern Americans, the best approach is not to do what we can to erase the past. While it may seem like a noble idea to restrict ‘Ole Miss’ to the athletic field, the fact is that I will continue to refer to the school as Ole Miss no matter what. Does this make me a racist? Or does this make me as student that is fond of the nickname? (Jaschik, …show more content…
However, the school received national attention about racial incidents that took place on the campus, which initiated the school’s 2014 Action Plan. Ultimately, this resulted in the official resignation of Jones. Furthermore, total enrollment of the university increased since the case study in 2013. During the time of the study, total enrollment equaled 21, 528. Today it is 23,838 (Office of Institutional Research, Effectiveness and Planning, 2016). In addition to the increase in freshmen and minority applications, the school is now recognized as one of the top three universities with the highest percentage of African-American faculty members. Even though there is no evidence to support a causal relationship, the researchers conclude that encouraging the appropriate use of the school’s nickname had no negative effect on enrollment and faculty

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