October 27, 2020

Ole Miss student government wants campus’ Confederate monument relocated

The University of Mississippi’s student government unanimously voted Tuesday night to ask the university to relocate a Confederate monument from its current location in a prominent part of the campus to a Confederate cemetery in a remote area of the campus, the school’s student newspaper reported.

The Daily Mississippian, the Ole Miss student newspaper, reported the university’s Associated Student Body Senate passed the resolution 47-0.

The monument, erected in 1906, has drawn criticism and support from various groups over the past several weeks. The most prominent support rally came in February when two out-of-town groups came to Oxford and marched onto the university’s campus in support of the monument.

That rally prompted eight Ole Miss men’s basketball players to kneel silently in protest at the playing of the national anthem at before their game on the same day.

Tuesday’s resolution is merely a recommendation to the school’s administration.

If the ASB resolution passes, it will travel to ASB Vice President Walker Abel’s desk. If signed, it will then move to ASB President Elam Miller, who will either decide to veto the resolution or sign it for approval.

If Miller approves the resolution, it will be handed off to the university administration. State law is a little vague