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Flag confiscation stirs reaction, call to action

OXFORD, MISS– A large Mississippi state flag and several banners were confiscated at the Ole Miss-Alabama game in Oxford Saturday.

In the student section, several banners were on display by students which read “Bring back Dixie” and a large state flag was stretched across a portion of area. Police confiscated the flag and banners.

Photo from The Unsafe Space-Ole Miss on Facebook
Photo from The Unsafe Space-Ole Miss on Facebook

 

The confiscation spurred social media outrage which claimed the university was forcing censorship of students. Senator Chris McDaniel took to Facebook to say such actions should not be tolerated.

 

The university released the stadium policy regarding flags and banners in response to the social media angst. It read:

Banners and Poles

Policy:

Banners may not be hung and poles may not be brought into Vaught-Hemingway except those approved by Ole Miss Event Management.

Reason:

Banners or poles in Vaught-Hemingway can obstruct the view of other fans. Also, Ole Miss must ensure that it honors its corporate sponsors regarding signage in Vaught-Hemingway.

Athletic Director Ross Bjork told HottyToddy.com, “We have a stated policy. No banners allowed inside the stadium.”

 

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