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Colleges hit with racial rioting and protests after Obama victory

Colleges hit with racial rioting and protests after Obama victory

A crowd of approximately forty students at the all-male Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia rioted outside of the Minority Student Union. Reports of broken bottles, fireworks, threats of violence and racial slurs have been logged.

The President of the School, Chris Howard, sent an email to parents outlining the protests and the inclusion of threats of physical violence.

Howard is the first African American President of Hampden-Sydney, and expressed his disappointment in what he called a harmful and senseless episode. Howard maintains that there is no place for bigotry at the college, a small campus of just over 1000 students, of which about 100 are African American.

Last week, a similar incident occurred at University Of Mississippi when about twenty five students gathered on the Ole Miss campus to protest Obama's victory. The event was posted on social networks, and afterward, the crowd swelled to over four hundred.

Photos posted to Twitter and Facebook, along with videos posted to Youtube, show huge numbers of people on campus. Some were lighting Obama-Biden signs on fire, others were yelling racial slurs.

The incident at the University of Mississippi has been reported as a riot by some outlets. However, there were no injuries or arrests made.

About Al Stefanelli

Al is a retired author, writer and journalist. His books include "Free Thoughts - A Collection Of Essays By An American Atheist" and "A Voice Of Reason In An Unreasonable World - The Rise Of Atheism On Planet Earth." Al began writing in 1985, starting with the New York Times. In 1993 he joined a McClatchy newspaper, writing a weekly column for ten years. His writing continues to be widely distributed on the Internet and in print. He also produced and hosted a weekly syndicated radio broadcast from 1995 to 1998, and his work won a North Carolina Journalism award in 1998. Al is the former Georgia State Director for American Atheists, Inc., and served on the Board of Directors for "The Clergy Project." He is also a former Southern Baptist Pastor, having served two churches and as pulpit supply for three counties. Currently, he writes part time for The God Discussion, co-hosts the Internet radio programs, "The God Discussion Show" and "Reap Sow Radio." Al lives in the Atlanta suburb of Peachtree City, GA.
  • Deborah_B

    When will humanity ever grow up?

  • Peter

    And what are the presidents or Deans of these institutions going to do about it? Youthful hijinks or latent racism? You do wonder.

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