In an effort to create a more inclusive environment, the University of Mississippi renamed its annual campus event “A Grand Ole Christmas” to “Hotty Toddy Holiday.”
For more than six years, the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) has celebrated the start of the Christmas season with a festive event called “A Grand Ole Christmas.” This year, however, the event was renamed “Hotty Toddy Holiday” in an effort to be more inclusive.
“We really wanted to change the atmosphere from last year and that would explain the name change,” Kayp Maye, co-director of special events for the Student Activities Association (SAA), told News Watch 99. “‘Grand Ole Christmas’ connoted too much Christianity on campus and so we wanted to have a more inclusive environment for the holidays this year.”
[Ole Miss renames Christmas event because it "connoted too much Christianity," by Peter Fricke, Campus Reform, December 7, 2015]
This is just the latest example of how Ole Miss has been neutered. In 2010, the college's iconic mascot Colonel Reb was removed. (Isn't it funny how American Indian mascots are offensive to Indians, but somehow White Southern mascots are offensive to non-Whites?) It was replaced with this stupid thing.
Earlier this year, the university took down the state flag because it featured the Confederate emblem.
“As Mississippi’s flagship university, we have a deep love and respect for our state,” University of Mississippi’s interim chancellor Morris Stocks said in a statement Monday. “Because the flag remains Mississippi’s official banner, this was a hard decision.Of course, if the flag represents "tradition and honor to some" and it is taken down anyway, that isn't a "unifying" gesture. That's just a signal those people "are not welcomed or valued."
“I understand the flag represents tradition and honor to some. But to others, the flag means that some members of the Ole Miss family are not welcomed or valued. That is why the university faculty, staff and leadership have united behind this student-led initiative.”
[Ole Miss takes down its state flag with Confederate emblem, by Susan Svrluga, Washington Post, October 26, 2015]
And that's what the end of Christmas at Ole Miss means too. All those Mississippians who attended the school in the past and keep it going through their donations no longer matter. So why should they continue to support Ole Miss?