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Sophomore Cortez Moss, director of communications for the ASB, said the organization is trying to explain to students why the phrase is offensive.
"You take back on that slave mentality," said Moss, who is black. "I know the South won't rise again and the South can't rise again."
Former Netscape CEO Jim Barksdale, who donated $100 million to the university in 2000, said the chant should be abandoned.
"I hope it will pass on quietly and the students will refrain from the chant, but I found out a long time ago it's hard to tell students what to say and what not to say," Barksdale said Thursday.
Ron McNeill, a former ASB president who is now in law school at Ole Miss, said his own decision to refrain from the chant was easily made.
"I said the chant one day and there was a black family sitting in front of me and they turned around and gave me this look like I hurt them," McNeill said.
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