An Ole Miss honor student standing outside her residence hall was the apparent victim of a racially motivated attack.
Kiesha Reeves said she went out to her car to get something when a black truck full of loud, laughing people she could not identify pulled up and tossed an alcoholic beverage at her, according to the Ole Miss University newspaper web site.
“It all happened so fast and I was so shocked that I couldn’t really see any faces, only the outline of the black truck,” she said. “I heard the laughter and words ‘black nigger’ very distinctly.”
Moments earlier Reeves roommate had told her of seeing a black truck driving around yelling racial epithets.
Police believe the incident may have been part of an earlier act of vandalism to the state of Civil Rights leader James Meredith.
Reeves said the incident is not completely out of the norm. The residence hall she lives in suffers from periodic racial tensions, she said.
Reeves told the school newspaper of an occurrence where a young white man approached Reeves and her roommate who were sitting outside their residence. He spit on the ground near them and the then said, “You can’t live here, you’re black,” according to Reeves.
“I can’t say that we’ve had any more complaints about the retreat than any other residential complex, but we recognize that the facility is full of college kids.” Detective Jeff McCutchen of the Oxford Police Department said. “This occurred on a long weekend, partying does go on and traffic is increased by friends coming in for the long weekend. We want to be vigilant in protecting the safety of the retreat residents.”
Reeves, a criminal justice major, said that despite the racial incidents she loves her school and believes it continues to make racial progress.
Andrew Scot Bolsinger won more than two dozen press awards during his journalism career. He is a freelance writer, author and operates www.criminalu.co, which is focused on prison reform. He can reached at [email protected]