This past Tuesday, October 1, 2013, a group of over 20 Ole Miss football players and their friends nearly shut down the Theatre department’s performance of The Laramie Project, a play based on the murder of Matthew Shepard, killed for being LGBTQ. The majority of the audience member not only shouted slurs such as “faggot,” and laughed during serious scenes, but photographed members of the audience and verbally harassed the cast members.
Ole Miss has made no official statement other than to say, “they’re working on it,” and the Athletics Department will say nothing other than the students “didn’t know they were representing the school.” The only punishment for the students so far has been to apologize, and it was insincerely done.
This is hate speech, and my school is doing nothing about it. They did nothing when white students literally ran a black student off of campus by keying KKK signs into his dorm room door & truck, and they are doing nothing now to protect and ensure a safe school environment for their LGBTQ students.
Please, if you can share this, do so. Ole Miss has a habit of brushing away the bad things that happen on campus because they’d rather make money and win football games than actually care about their minority students.
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