In this Oct. 2, 1962 photo provided by the University of Mississippi, James Meredith, left, attends class for the first time in Peabody Hall on The University of Mississippi campus, in Oxford, Miss. Meredith, the first black student to attend the University of Mississippi after integration, says he doesn't plan to participate in the university's commemoration of his history-making enrollment 50 years ago, which prompted a state-federal standoff, sparked deadly mob violence and ultimately ended the university's official policy of racial segregation. (AP Photo/University of Mississippi Public Relations, Ed Meek, File)

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (AP) — The man who integrated the University of Mississippi says he’s troubled and confused by the protest there against President Barack Obama‘s re-election.

But James Meredith tells WLOX-TV students shouldn’t get sidetracked by what he calls nonsense and foolishness.

The protest late Tuesday grew into a crowd of about 400 people as rumors of a riot spread on social media. Some people shouted racial slurs. Others yelled the school cheer, “hotty toddy.”

Meredith’s admission sparked riots that had to be quelled by the military and police.

Meredith said Saturday that he was cursed every day he attended Ole Miss, but he paid it no attention.

He says that if he had a fight, it was with state leaders who created unjust policies.


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