82
      Tuesday
      92 / 75
      Wednesday
      90 / 75
      Thursday
      85 / 72

      University of Mississippi protests: Obama re-election sparks protests, racial slurs

      JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A protest at the University of Mississippi against the re-election of President Barack Obama grew into a crowd of about 400 students with shouted racial slurs as rumors of a riot spread on social media.

      Two arrests were reported. University officials say there were no injuries or property damage Tuesday night.

      A university spokesman says the gathering began after midnight with 30 to 40 students protesting Obama's re-election but quickly grew. Rumors exploded on Twitter after student journalists posted a video calling the gathering a riot.

      Chancellor Dan Jones condemned the disturbance, saying most students and faculty are "ashamed" of the actions of a few.

      The incident comes a little more than 50 years after violent riots over the enrollment of James Meredith, the university's first black student.