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Klan Members Pledge to Infiltrate Ole Miss Campus on Debate Night

September 26th, 2008 by Ajuan Mance

I think both white and black students are against (the KKK) coming. I’m not afraid of anything. They have the freedom to come here. –Brittany Smith, University of Mississippi BSUPresident

According to The Daily Mississippian, the self-described emperor of the Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan will have officers and Klansmen “on hand” for tonight’s presidential debate, scheduled to take place on the Ole Miss campus. The Mississippian reports that the Klan will not take part in any violent or disruptive activities. “Our people will be in Oxford and on the campus ‘invisible,'” he explained in an interview printed in the September 15th Mississippian. “That means our people won’t be in regalia or demonstrating. So, I guess you’ll just have to guess which of the people present are Klansmen.”

Not surprisingly, the Mississippi Klan opposes the Obama candidacy. Said the emperor, “His election would bring disaster to America.”

Black Student Union President Brittany Smith is taking the Klan’s threatened presence in stride. “They’re not going to change people’s minds,” she explained. “I don’t think it matters.”

The decision to hold the first presidential debate at the University of Mississippi has combined with an overall greater interest on the part of students in the historic nature of this year’s GOP and Democratic tickets to create a lively political atmosphere on campus. Many students report noticing a greater interest in both the candidates and the issues among their friends and classmates.


The students at the University of Mississippi have caught election fever. Have you?

If you haven’t registered, then do so as soon as possible. There are many sites online where you can register to vote:

  • The Afrosphere Bloggers Site is a good place to start, with several helpful links that will help you get registered in your state. Click HERE.
  • Rock the Vote is another place where voters from all states and territories can register. Click HERE.
  • Congress.Org provides an interactive U.S. map that will allow you to download the voter registration form for your state or territory. Click HERE.

And remember, it’s not enough just to register. Your opinion matters, but only if you take the time to vote! See you at the polls.

Posted by Ajuan Mance

Posted in African American Students, Current Events, Higher Education, Ku Klux Klan, McCain, Obama, Ole Miss, Presidential Debate, race, University of Mississippi

2 Responses

  1. Yobachi

    Pledge to infiltrated, hun?

    Do you mean they were going to come out of their dorm rooms?

  2. Yobachi

    Oh yeah, and thanks for participating and this Black Blogger National Voter Registration effort