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Former Ole Miss professor speaks out following statue scandal

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After teaching at Ole Miss for decades, Professor Ralph Braseth is now at Loyola University in Chicago. After teaching at Ole Miss for decades, Professor Ralph Braseth is now at Loyola University in Chicago.
OXFORD, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

After teaching at Ole Miss for decades, Professor Ralph Braseth is now at Loyola University in Chicago. He says he's tired of seeing his former school making headlines several hours away.


Just last week three freshmen tied a noose around the statue of the college's first black student, James Meredith.

In a state trying to heal wounds from a racially-charged past, he says it's depressing that a few continue to pick at the scabs and he feels racial actions take away from his degree.

"You're going to tell me that doesn't de-value my time there, or my doctorate degree from there when I have people who roll their eyes when I bring up the University of Mississippi? Call that whatever you want, but I call it damage," Braseth said.

The students may face federal charges, but are unlikely to get in trouble with the state. Prosecutors have had a difficult time finding a crime to charge the three with, however Ole Miss can discipline the students through its judicial process.

It's unclear when the school's judicial process will start, but we'll let you know what happens to the students.

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