Namesake of the University of Mississippi journalism school under fire over ‘offensive’ Facebook post

Ed Meek, came under fire for a Facebook post Wednesday.


Some University of Mississippi students seeking the removal of Ed Meek’s name from the school of journalism college after the well-known photographer and alum was accused Wednesday of writing an offensive message that involved pictures of two black women.

Meek, 77, who donated more than $5 million to the journalism college, came under fire after he wrote a Facebook post it suggests that women see in a few pictures to illustrate the problems that cause real estate values to fall.

“I hesitated until now to publish these photos, but think it’s important that our community see what the camera sees in 2h after a ball game,” he wrote in an already deleted Facebook post. “I hear there were 180 police work the weekend, but of all the photos, late night, the fights and scenes, I have no presence of the police.

He added: “Enough, Oxford and Ole Miss leaders, on top of this, before it’s too late. A three percent decrease in enrollment is nothing compared to what we see as this goes on…and the value of real estate will fall as the tax revenue.”

Meek urged Oxford officials to “protect the values that we hold dear.”

The post was accompanied by pictures of two black women in dresses.

Mahoghany Jordan was one of the women Kindly wrote about. She wrote a column in The Daily Mississippian, the school newspaper, saying the photo was taken, without her knowledge, and that she was with friends that night after a football game. She also noted Meek failed to criticize the people who were fighting on the campus or in a local bar or harassing LGBT people.

“Ed Meek: one should never make use of the physical appearance of a person as a measure of their morality,” Jordan wrote. “I don’t need your apology. In fact, I don’t have all of the mutual guilt you feel if you are called for what you are. The two things that automatically put me at a disadvantage in our society, you will never completely understand.”

Meek later deleted the post and wrote a new one, saying his intention was to “point we have a problem in The Forest and on the Oxford Square.”

University of Mississippi Chancellor Jeffrey Vittert condemned the Facebook post in a statement.

“Enough, Oxford and Ole Miss leaders, on top of this, before it’s too late.”

– Ed Meek

“While we all want to ensure a safe, family-friendly environment at Oxford university, I must condemn the tone and content of Ed Meek’s post of earlier today. The photos in his post suggest that there is an unjustified racial undertone that is very offensive. I urge Ed to withdraw his comment and apologize to anyone who was offended,” Vittert said.

The university Black Student Union, said Meek’s original post implied that the African-American women caused the value of real estate drops.

“His statement clearly has racial overtones that must be addressed,” the group tweeted.

Meek led the school and the public relations for 37 years and the journalism school was named for him after he and his wife donated $5.3 million in 2009.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @RyanGaydos.

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