OXFORD, MS – (WMC-TV) – A mother is desperate for answers after her son was racially attacked on the Ole Miss campus. She wants a reward to bring her family justice.
Her 19-year-old son, in ROTC and just a freshman planned to graduate and then serve his country. Now everything has changed and she is not backing down.
“I am so angry. I am so angry, you know, and like I said, this just affects everything,” Jamal’s mother Mary Woods said.
Mary Woods is angry over racial attacks against her son, Jamal Woods, a freshman at Ole Miss.
It started at the end of August when someone wrote racial slurs on his dorm room door. It read: “blacks are known to steal,” that was followed with profanity. And lotion was smeared on the door along with two playing cards.
“I’m upset about it. He’s upset about it,” she said.
Mary Woods said her son, who played football at Olive Branch High feared for his life and asked to be moved to another dorm.
“He’s already scared so he packs everything up and comes home every weekend and goes back on Sunday,” said Woods.
Everything seemed fine until November 5th. A campus police report shows police woke up Jamal to let him know about his truck.
“I got it for his graduation present,” Mary Woods said.
Photos show the tires slashed, the letters KKK scratched into the hood and the words “Go Home” carved into the side of the truck and a racial slur on the tailgate. His stereo and speakers were removed from the truck.
Mary Woods has had enough. She contacted Reverend Dwight Montgomery with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. SCLC and Rainbow Push are offering a one thousand dollar reward.
“We want to know the persons involved in this travesty,” Rev. Montgomery said.
“No, I’m not going to let it drop,” Woods said.
Mary Woods says her son will finish the semester at Ole Miss and then leave the school. She is not sure where he will end up. Action News 5 was unable to contact anyone at Ole Miss for a comment.