September 25, 2007
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JENA MAYOR GIVES STATEMENT
IN RESPONSE TO CLAIMS OF WHITE SUPREMACY
ON NPR NEWS NEWS AND NOTES
TODAY, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25

MAYOR SAYS HIS WORDS WERE TWISTED

AUDIO AVAILABLE AT WWW.NPR.ORG


September 25, 2007; Washington, D.C. - News & Notes with Farai Chideya elicits a response from Jena, LA, Mayor Murphy McMillan regarding his conversation with Richard Barrett, the general counsel for the Nationalist Movement in Learned, Miss.

In a statement sent to NPR and read on the air today, McMillan said, "I do not want my name or my town associated in any way with any white supremacist group or any group that preaches race hate." McMillan went on to say, "For anyone to try to twist my words to bring about a conclusion that I or my town would support a white supremacist group is repugnant to me."

Along with an interview with Barrett, McMillan's statement can be heard here:
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=14692224

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