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The Week Before

The week before the LSU Game on the University of Mississippi's campus

November 2019




Play track to start






Hotty Toddy

Trash can Friday

Go Rebs!

Are You Ready?





Religion, Speech, Press, Assembly, Petition.

I believe in respect for the dignity of each person

I believe in fairness and civility

I believe in personal and professional integrity

I believe in academic honesty

I believe in academic freedom

I believe in good stewardship of our resources

I pledge to uphold these values and encourage others to follow my example.




Go Rebs!

“If you wake up every single day thinking that you are a victim, running into somebody that offended you, what are you going to accomplish in life?”


Are you ready?


“Not to sound like a graduation speech here, but do you really want to go through life thinking that everything is turning against you? You are not a victim. I am not a victim. Whatever this speech is, you can strongly disagree with it. But (I’m) still free to speak. We all are. And thank God for that.”





A Few Words on Monuments

Monuments are statements of values and ideals, often honoring those who are believed to

have lived or died for the same values and ideals.

The first tenet of Lost Cause ideology, which valorized Confederate soldiers and attempted to rationalize Confederate defeat, was central to the design of our monument. The elite, educated white southerners who constructed it, in fact, made decisions about how to contextualize the service of Confederate soldiers that cannot be understood otherwise.





Keep the politics off the field

Keep your head down and play

"The Grove is a place where we can avoid politics"

We may not win the game, but we never lost a party!






There is power to acknowledgement, understanding and unpacking the past so we can move forward

Ending Erasure

Ending Denial

Ending Misrepresentation

Ending Fake news

Ending Lost causes




Promoting Debate

Promoting Inclusion

Promoting Discourse

Promoting All Freedoms

Promoting Welcoming

Promoting Team





Our pledges pledge allegiance to juuls and white claws

That journey from Sorority Row to the Walk of Champions





Students are encouraged to freely examine and exchange diverse ideas both inside and outside the classroom. In doing so, however, students and others must comply with other, generally applicable, University policies.


As a reasonable restriction on the time, place, and manner of expression and to ensure personal safety, the University reserves the right to prohibit the wearing of masks, personal disguises and other means of concealing one’s identity and to prohibit the possession of weapons, props or items that may be used as weapons, or protective gear on the University campus and/or at University events.






Stars and bars pins and on suit lapels

Should I join the Future Alumni Association?

Should I join the Young Americans for Freedom?

I’m upholding my right for free speech?

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.





"Confederate ideology directly violates the tenets of the university creed that supports fairness, civility, and respect for the dignity of each person."




What does it mean to be a Rebel in 2019?







“We are following the steps necessary for successful relocation and will maintain steady and committed progress to accomplish this relocation. I reiterate that this will place the monument in a more suitable location, one that is commensurate with the purpose that is etched on its side."




Still free to speak

Know your history

Flip through the yearbooks

Look at your heritage, your ancestor’s heritage, their ancestors, look at the legacy

Do we preserve, or do we progress?





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