NEWS BLIPS + UPDATES Mississippi Lawmakers confer with racist group | By Emily Wagster Pettus | The Associated Press
Some Mississippi lawmakers are scheduled to speak Thursday to the Council of Conservative Citizens, an organization that the Southern Poverty Law Center calls "a patently white supremacist group."
Bill Hinson of Pearl, president of the Great Southern chapter of CCC, announced on the group's Web site that "several House and Senate members" are to speak | He wouldn't tell The Associated Press the names of lawmakers or where the event is taking place, although AP learned it will be at a south Jackson fish house | Hinson said he wouldn't release details of the meeting because, "we've had so much negative publicity" | He said the CCC does not make an issue of race.
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