Civil rights groups ask Ole Miss to deal with racism on campus

Published: Nov. 19, 2012 at 12:01 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 19, 2012 at 10:44 PM CST
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Woods' dorm door
Woods' dorm door

(WMC-TV) - Two of the Mid-South's oldest civil rights groups stepped into the spotlight Monday to bring attention to a racially motivated attack on the Ole Miss campus.

After being racially attacked on the campus of Ole Miss, Jamal Woods and his family enlisted the help of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and Operation Push to bring justice in the case.

SCLC leaders announced they are sending a letter to the University of Mississippi calling for a meeting with the chancellor.

The group says the university has not shown enough interest in the hate crime against Jamal Woods.

In August, the Ole Miss freshman filed a complaint about a racial slur on the door of his residence hall room. Two days later he was moved, at his own request, into another hall of residence on campus.

Earlier this month, university police discovered that all four tires of his vehicle had been slashed and it had also been keyed.

Woods is hoping the university will do more to protect him and keep other students on campus out of harm's way.

"Better safety on the parking lot on campus. Surveillance cameras or security or anything like that. We have people who go around writing tickets all day, but we don't have enough security," said Woods.

"You address the violence and acts of disrespect that has taken placed toward him and restore his vehicle and then assure him this thing will not happen again," said LaSimba Gray, Memphis Chapter of People United to Save Humanity.

Both civil rights organizations have put up a $1,000 reward for any information leading to the capture of those responsible for the racial attack on Woods.

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