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Israel-Hamas battle demonstrations on the University of Mississippi turned ugly this week when one counter-protester appeared to make monkey noises and gestures at a Black scholar in a raucous gathering that was endorsed by a far-right congressman from Georgia.

“Ole Miss taking care of business,” Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Collins wrote Friday on the social platform X with a with a hyperlink to the video displaying the racist jeers.

The Associated Press left voicemail messages for Collins on Friday at his workplaces in Georgia and Washington and despatched an e-mail to his spokesperson, asking for an evidence of what Collins meant. There was no speedy response.

The taunting introduced sharp criticism on and off campus.

“Students were calling for an end to genocide. They were met with racism,” James M. Thomas, a sociology professor on the University of Mississippi, wrote Friday on X.

The Rev. Cornell William Brooks, a former president and CEO of the NAACP and professor on the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, wrote on X {that a} white man mocking a Black lady as a monkey “isn’t about ‘Stand With Israel’ or ‘Free Palestine.’ This is protest as performative racism.”

Collins was first elected to Congress in 2022 and made a number of social media posts criticizing campus protests.

Nobody was arrested through the demonstration Thursday on the University of Mississippi, the place hecklers vastly outnumbered battle protesters. According to a rely by AP, greater than 2,400 arrests have occurred on 46 U.S. college or school campuses since April 17 throughout demonstrations towards the battle.

The scholar newspaper, The Daily Mississippian, reported about 30 protesters on the Oxford campus billed themselves as UMiss for Palestine. Videos and pictures from the occasion confirmed the protesters have been in a grassy space close to the primary library, blocked off by boundaries erected by campus safety.

They chanted “Free, free Palestine,” and carried Palestinian flags and signs with slogans including, “Stop the Genocide” and “U.S. bombs take Palestine lives.”

Student journalist Stacey J. Spiehler shot video that confirmed campus law enforcement officials and the dean of scholars standing between anti-war protesters and hecklers. After the Black lady protesting the battle had what seemed to be a heated trade of phrases with a number of white hecklers, one of many males made the monkey gestures and noises at her.

About 76% of the college’s college students have been white and about 11% have been Black in 2022-23, the newest knowledge obtainable on the varsity’s web site.

University of Mississippi Chancellor Glenn Boyce stated the varsity is dedicated to folks expressing their views. He stated some statements made on campus Thursday have been “offensive and unacceptable.”

Republican Gov. Tate Reeves reposted a video on X that showed counter-protesters on the campus singing “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

“Warms my heart,” Reeves wrote. “I love Mississippi!”