Pro-Confederate groups, fed up with ‘political correctness BS,’ to rally at Ole Miss
Two pro-Confederate groups will march at Ole Miss on Saturday to show support for Confederate monuments and oppose the university’s decision to get rid of its controversial former mascot, Colonel Reb.
Confederate 901 and the Hiwaymen are behind the Mississippi Stands Rally. The two groups plan to organize on the Square at 1 p.m. and will march to the Grove about 2 p.m. this Saturday.
(One take on the Confederate 901 protests (by Katie Fretland, USA TODAY NETWORK)
Ole Miss Police Chief Ray Hawkins advised people to avoid areas of campus where supporters and opponents of Confederate symbols are expected to gather.
The event page for the rally, posted on Facebook, had 88 people planning to attend by Tuesday afternoon. More than 300 said they were interested.
Confederate 901, which bills itself as a political organization, said in a post the university had “disregarded and disrespected the traditions of a once great southern university.”
“This is an event to draw the line in the sand!!! For over a decade the administration and faculty have completely disregarded and disrespected the traditions of a once great southern university. Far to (sic) long the administration has kowtowed to the minority left leaning students and basically have done everything that they have demanded….If you are fed up with this Political Correctness BS and sick and tired of this mess happening then please join us on FEB. 23, 2019 at the monument in the groove.”
Previously, the group protested the removal of statues of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest from Memphis parks in December of 2017.