An opportunity for a Rebel with a modern cause

At a ho-hum University of Mississippi football game in 1973, my junior year, two fellow black students decided to make a bold political statement — and stir up a little outrage — in the stands.

They grabbed a Confederate battle flag, a staple at all Ole Miss games in those days, and set it on fire near their feet.

Several people responded with angry stares, but no one said much to them and the furor they were hoping for never materialized. After a few seconds, the fire burned itself out and that was that.