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By Robert N. Tracci
Congress must use its appropriations power to secure the border
Topic - James Meredith
The man who integrated the University of Mississippi in 1962 says the recent desecration of a statue of him on campus should not deter black students from attending Ole Miss.
A fraternity chapter at the University of Mississippi was indefinitely suspended Friday by its national organization and three of its freshman members were kicked out because of their suspected involvement in hanging a noose on a statue of James Meredith, the first black student to enroll in the then all-white college.
The U.S. Supreme Court expressed its renewed interest in affirmative action by hearing arguments Wednesday in a University of Texas case involving a white female applicant named Abigail Fisher who says she was denied admission in 2008 because of a race-conscious policy.
James Meredith is a civil-rights icon who hates the term "civil rights."
James Meredith said Friday that it was "foolish" for anyone to leave a noose and an old Georgia state flag with a prominent Confederate emblem, WDAM-TV reported (http://bit.ly/1dMWpcX ).
"Teenagers have been committing pranks and doing foolish things forever, and blacks will be out of their minds if they were planning on going to Ole Miss and let this distraction turn them away," said Meredith, who spoke Friday at a black history program in the south Mississippi town of Lumberton.