Students at the University of Mississippi prepared for pro-Confederate protesters to march on campus.
Pro-Confederate groups marched on campus after more than a week of preparation and counterprotests by many in the university community.
As neo-Confederate activists arrived on campus, counterprotesters with signs began chanting, "Black presence, black power," "We will not be quiet" and "Your heritage is hate."
A DM reporter followed one neo-Confederate activist and one counterprotester during the Feb. 23 protests. They talked about heritage, the Confederacy and finding common ground.
Sam Abel, a University of Mississippi student and counterprotester at the Feb. 23 rally, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.
The Feb. 23 neo-Confederate protests ended with no violence or injuries, according to University Police Department Chief Ray Hawkins.
Oxford residents and Ole Miss students gathered on the Square and on campus not to join the protests but to watch them. While most spectators had opinions about the protesters, many were apathetic about the impact the protests may have on the community.
“I understand the ideal of ‘Don’t give them a reaction. … But to a certain extent, I think, after a point, (the neo-Confederate groups) are doing this not necessarily to get a reaction or to get a rise out of people,” counterprotest organizer Will Pipes said.
In the midst of Confederate protests on campus, eight black student-athletes knelt during the national anthem and reminded everyone what it means to be an Ole Miss Rebel.
Student leaders at the University of Mississippi are taking steps toward removing the Confederate monument from the center of campus.