Posted by Jerry Hinnen
You've probably gotten the message by now: a certain noisy faction of Ole Miss fans are not happy about the removal of less-than-P.C. mascot Colonel Reb from the school's sidelines and logo, and they're going to make sure their voices are heard regardless of what their school's administration (and a likely majority of their fans) would want.
But just in case you haven't, the "Colonel Reb Foundation " (and their not-at-all hyperbolic URL saveolemiss.com ) is here to make certain you have. Once more, gents, with feeling:
In case you can't see the top billboard there (up now in Oxford), here's what it looks like up close:
So that's subtle. By visiting the Foundation's site, you can also download a Colonel Reb "Truth Kit " (PDF) and that the Colonel is (presumably) less racially insensitive for being a whitewashed version of an early-20th century African-American Oxford resident. (Yes, less.)
As for what the Foundation will actually accomplish, other than publicly continuing to rub the university's face in its racist past despite its desperate attempts to leave that past behind? Nothing. But as we're all learning, that's not going to stop this particular faction of Ole Miss fans anytime soon.
HT: Red Cup Rebellion .