FBI Joins Investigation After Noose, Confederate Flag Left on University Statue

Steve Neavling

The FBI is helping investigate a disturbing finding – a noose and Confederate flag were found on a statue of the first black student at the University of Mississippi, the New York Times reports.

Authorities are searching for two men who are believed to have committed the act of vandalism early Sunday on the main campus in Oxford.

The men were yelling racial slurs while they men defaced the statue of James Meredith, who was admitted into the school amid violence in 1962.

“These individuals chose our university’s most visible symbol of unity and educational accessibility to express their disagreement with our values,” the university’s chancellor, Daniel W. Jones, said in a statement. “Their ideas have no place here, and our response will be an even greater commitment to promoting the values that are engraved on the statue — courage, knowledge, opportunity and perseverance.”

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