Journalism school’s namesake apologizes for racist post
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — The namesake of the University of Mississippi’s journalism school is apologizing for his Facebook post that critics called racist.
Ed Meek posted photos Wednesday of two black women in short dresses, which he said were taken “at 2 a.m. after a ballgame.” He wrote real estate values will “plummet” unless Oxford and Ole Miss protect “the values we hold dear.”
Ole Miss Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter said Meek’s post had an “unjustified racial overtone.”
Meek deleted it and wrote: “I apologize to those offended.”
The university’s Black Student Union says the post implies African-American women cause real estate values to drop.
Meek led Ole Miss public relations for 37 years, starting in 1964. A petition seeks to remove his name from the journalism school, where he donated $5.3 million in 2009.
This story has been corrected to show Ed Meek posted the photos and his comments to Facebook on Wednesday, not Saturday.