Count sports columnist and radio host Bomani Jones as someone who’s not a fan of Ole Miss’ alternate gray uniforms.
In a tweet on Saturday night, Jones expressed his opinion on what he thought the color choice for the uniform, coupled with Ole Miss’ nickname, represented:
you gotta be real dedicated to denial (or lying) to say i’m wrong connecting gray unis and the rebels to the confederacy.
— Bomani Jones (@bomani_jones) September 30, 2012
It’s true that the Confederacy fought the Civil War in gray uniforms. But a Reddit thread on Jones’ tweet revealed a lot of people who thought Jones was just trying to stir the pot.
Ole Miss has done a lot to distance itself from the overtly Southern identity everyone has pigeonholed them for. It retired its Colonel Reb mascot in 2010. It dissociated itself from the Confederate flag. And as several Redditors pointed out, it’s far from the only school with alternate gray uniforms.