Public Safety Commissioner Discusses Discrimination Allegations

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Mississippi Department of Public Safety Commissioner Steve Simpson says he hasn't rejected federal officials' offer to begin talks to reach an agreement over racial discrimination complaints made by his agency's black troopers.
Simpson says he won't agree to conciliation until he gets more details from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on its conclusions that discriminatory practices existed within the Highway Patrol.
Simpson said he wants his agency can conduct its own investigation.
Wilma Scott, head of the Mississippi EEOC office, didn't return a call seeking comment.
Derrick Johnson, president of the Mississippi NAACP, was out of town and couldn't be reached for comment. The NAACP filed the complaint on behalf of the troopers.

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  • by Understanding Location: Meridian on Jul 2, 2009 at 10:48 AM
    To:Worried location. I understand the way you feel. However, as a black person, I wish that we did not need special associations. Times have not changed enough for us to let go of these special groups. Blacks are still being treated unfairly according to the color of our skin even though we have elected a black man as president.
  • by Amir on Jul 2, 2009 at 08:18 AM
    There is no White Trooper's Association because white people are not a minority formerly oppressed by the government. There is nothing wrong with institutions in our country protecting minorities. Slavery, segregation and oppression tipped the balance strongly away from black people. These types of institutions are necessary to regain some sort of balance.
  • by SICK and TIRED Location: Mississippi on Jun 30, 2009 at 08:36 AM
    I am so sick of the ACLU and the NAACP. It is time to SHUT UP and quit making race a factor in everything. I would hate to know that I got a job because I was a female instead of the best qualified for the job. Your RACE should not make you the best candidate for any job.
  • by Worried Location: Faraway on Jun 29, 2009 at 11:25 AM
    Well here we go again.Help me understand this..WHY is their a Black troopers Association when they all serve together already..Is their a WHITE Trooper's Association????????? Why why Not???this is what is wrong with our country now...........
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