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Ole Miss Frat Suspended After Members Place Noose And Confederate Flag Emblem On James Meredith Statue

The University of Mississippi (“Ole Miss”) chapter of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity has been suspended following an incident in which a noose was placed around the neck of a statue of James Meredith on campus. A Confederate flag emblem was also placed on the statue. Three Sigma Phi Epsilon students stand accused of the incident. Each of them is 19 years-old,  and all three hail from Georgia. They have been expelled from Ole Miss, and university officials are pushing for them to be charged with hate crimes.

Meredith was the university’s first black student at the then-segregated university. His admission was met with riots on campus that had to be quelled by Federal Marshals and members of the National Guard. Two people died during the incident.

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Attacks Against Emos And Goths To Be Considered Hate Crimes In United Kingdom

In five years, Bronies will be added to the census. The Huffington Post UK writes:

A police force has become the first in the country to record attacks on goths, emos and punks as hate crimes. Abuse towards alternative subcultures will be classed in the same way as those based on race, religion, disability or sexual orientation.

The historic move was welcomed by the mother of teenager Sophie Lancaster, who was kicked to death in Bacup, Lancashire in 2007 because she was dressed like a goth. Miss Lancaster, 20, was kicked and stamped to death because she was dressed as a goth in a park in Bacup in August 2007.

A police spokesman said: “From April 2013 Greater Manchester Police also now records alternative sub-culture related hate crime.” There are no immediate plans to change the national hate crimes register, but last year Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone acknowledged that the five recognized categories of hate crime was “an incomplete list”.

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