The Mississippi state governor is responding to a picture taken by three University of Mississippi students.
In the picture, three men are holding guns in front of a Mississippi civil rights marker for Emmett Till.
In his Twitter post, he says, “I am deeply saddened by the choice made by three students to pose in such a thoughtless and disrespectful way at the Emmett Till historical marker. Mississippi has made significant strides toward racial reconciliation, and such despicable actions are not representative of the progress we have made.”
It was 64 years ago that 14-year-old Emmett Till was abducted and lynched for allegedly whistling at a white woman.
Till’s death helped galvanize the civil rights movement.
The men posing in the picture are fraternity brothers of Kappa Alpha.
Ole Miss spokesman Rod Guajardo said the students have been suspended by fraternity Kappa Alpha Order.
The FBI declined to investigate, Guajardo said, but a U.S. attorney told the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting that federal prosecutors are examining the case.