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New protests at Mizzou after Fraternity shouts racial slurs

Aug. 26, 2015: A "day of action" demonstration to draw attention to graduate students' demands in front of Jesse Hall on the Mizzou campus in Columbia.

Aug. 26, 2015: A "day of action" demonstration to draw attention to graduate students' demands in front of Jesse Hall on the Mizzou campus in Columbia.  (Daniel Brenner/Columbia Daily Tribune via AP)

It’s starting again at Mizzou.

Angry protests are underway at the University of Missouri after reports that black students were called the N-word and other slurs on Tuesday night outside of a predominantly white frat house on campus.

Tuesday night just before midnight, a white student allegedly called two female students — from the Legion of Black Collegians activities committee — the N-word, according to the group’s statement. The LBC says other members came to the women’s aid, and police also showed up.

“It was at that moment, outside of the Delta Upsilon Fraternity house, that while police were attempting to de-escalate the situation, members of the fraternity began recording the interaction, as well as shouting a variety of obscenities at the Committee,” LBC reported. “These obscenities included, but are not limited to ‘Mizzou PC, C**ts, B****es, [N*****s],’ with a plethora of other micro-aggressions.”

Around 50 protestors gathered Wednesday afternoon, and a “town hall” about the incident is scheduled for Wednesday evening.

Tuesday’s events are the latest in a string of race-based incidents at Mizzou. Last year, several racial incidents– including similar slurs and the discovery of a small swastika scrawled in feces in a campus restroom stall– led to massive student protests, which spread to other campuses nationwide. Mizzou students successfully demanded the ouster of the president of the entire University of Missouri system. The demonstrations also contributed to the resignation of the chancellor of Mizzou’s flagship Columbia campus, where most of the unrest took place.