Second College Reports Racially Charged Post-Election Disturbance

RICHMOND, Va. (November 8, 2012)--About 40 students at a small all-men's college in Virginia shouted racial slurs, threw bottles and set off fireworks outside the Minority Student Union within hours after President Barack Obama's re-election Tuesday.

Hampden-Sydney College President Chris Howard said in an e-mail to parents Thursday that the disturbance early Wednesday also included threats of physical violence.

Howard is the college's first African-American president.

He said in the e-mail that he was disappointed in the "harmful, senseless episode" and that bigotry has no place on the campus of 1,080.

About 9 percent of the students are black.

The racially tinged disturbance is the second reported protest sparked by Obama's re-election.

A protest at the University of Mississippi in Oxford late Tuesday involved about 400 people who shouted racial slurs.

Two people were arrested.


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