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Mississippi Lawmaker Taking Back “black judge” Comment

JACKSON, Miss. – A Mississippi lawmaker is taking back statements he made at a republican meeting and replacing them with an apology.

Rep. Lester “Bubba” Carpenter of northern Mississippi in Burnsville, made the comment that “a black judge” would decide how to spend the money for public schools if state voters approve the education funding initiative. Today he has issued an apology after a local cameraman posted the video online of his speech at Tishomingo County Republican’s meeting.

WJTV reports that this year’s Nov. 3rd ballot that includes initiative 42 could allow people to sue the state if they feel the education being provided is not good enough.

In Carpenter’s speech he said that the lawsuit would be filed in a “predominantly black” Hinds County, and so the decision “it’s going to be a black judge.”

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