10 months ago
As reported by the USA Today, three students of the University of Mississippi have been suspended from their fraternity house. Most likely, they're going to face an investigation by the Department of Justice. The reason is students were posing with guns in front of a "bullet-riddled sign honoring slain civil rights icon Emmett Till." The Typical Student team learned the details.
History Behind The Scandal
Turns out, one of the students posted an image to his private Instagram account back in March. In the picture, students are seen standing in front of a memorable roadside plaque on the site where Till’s body was retrieved from the Tallahatchie River. This resonant case happened in August 1955, when the black boy, 14, was tortured and murdered. The all-white, all-male jury acquitted two white men accused of the murder.
The image in question shows an Ole Miss student Ben LeClere holding a shotgun standing in front of the bullet-riddled sign. Another student, John Lowe, identified as LeClere's Kappa Alpha fraternity brother, squats below the sign. The third fraternity member armed with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle stands on the other side.
LeClere captioned the image as follows: "One of Memphis’s finest and the worst influence I’ve ever met."
The Sign Significance
It is unclear if the fraternity students were those who shot the sign or they were just posing before it. Being the part of a memorial effort by a Mississippi civil rights group, the sign has been vandalized numerous times. The most recent instance of vandalism happened in August 2018.
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