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Ole Miss student claims she was victimized in off-campus racial attack

(WMC-TV) - Just one day after a noose and the Georgia confederate flag were used to desecrate the statue in Honor of Ole Miss' first Black student James Meredith, a criminal justice major living off campus had an experience that she says would not wish on anyone.

"I was in my backseat, and I heard pipes coming up the road and when I heard them, I heard someone yell 'you black n-----'," said Ole Miss senior Kiesha Reeves.

Reeves had just walked outside of her home in The Retreat Complex to her car when she said she was caught off guard by two men in a large black shiny pickup truck.

"Somebody poured alcohol on me, and I was very upset, and they sped off down the street onto Anchorage Road," added Reeves.

Reeves says after the incident, she called Oxford police.

"They said that if they didn't find them within an hour that I couldn't press charges, and that they would try to find them but Anchorage Road is out of their jurisdiction," said Reeves.

Still, Deputy Chief James Owens says officers canvassed the area finding no vehicle that fit that description.

"We're actively pursuing this case and we do take this type of incident very seriously," said Owens.

Reeves says she believes the two young men who attacked her are a part of a small minority who are struggling to let go of the old Ole Miss that was once entrenched in racism.

"They are fighting with change basically. They're not wanting to change, they're not accepting it so they're fighting back," said Reeves.

She believes sensitivity classes teaching the students for tolerance cultural differences could help.

"I'd rather see them change, get some counseling. I'd rather see that more than punishment," said Reeves.

Despite this, and the recent incident with the statue of James Meredith, Reeves says she does not equate these incidents with the university. She still believes the school fosters equality and diversity.

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