Faculty discuss donor after post with ‘racial overtone’

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — University of Mississippi journalism faculty have met amid calls that the university remove a donor’s name from its journalism school following a social media post criticized for an “unjustified racial overtone.”

Journalism Dean Will Norton says faculty didn’t vote Friday to ask the university to remove Ed Meek’s name from the school. Norton says he’s trying to reach Meek and that school leadership may prepare a report or statement for faculty.

Meek wrote a Facebook post with photos of two black women in short dresses, suggesting they exemplify problems that cause real estate values to fall. Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter condemned the racial overtone of the post as “highly offensive.” It has since been removed.

The school’s student newspaper on Friday editorialized for Ole Miss to “entirely cut ties” with Meek.

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