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Mississippi's black mayors reflect on recent racial tensions

The Mississippi Conference of Black Mayors is meeting in Biloxi this week. (Photo source: WLOX) The Mississippi Conference of Black Mayors is meeting in Biloxi this week. (Photo source: WLOX)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

America is still in shock over the shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. A man who claims to be racist confessed to going in to the church with the intent of murdering black people. The tragic deaths are adding fuel to a fire that is highlighting the status of race relations across the country.

African American mayors from around Mississippi are very concerned about a rise in racial tension, and many believe the black community has strong feelings about inequity.

"I think there is a feeling of frustration, hopelessness, impatience and a feeling that people are not being valued. Their voices are not being valued," said Okolona Mayor Louise Cole.

The Mississippi Conference of Black Mayors is meeting in Biloxi this week, and they're searching for solutions. Most agree it's all about opening a dialogue and discussing what's at the root of the problem, and how all Americans can work together to improve race relations.

"We need to stop talking about each other and talk about what we do to make this country better. Republicans, democrats and independents need to talk about making things better," said Philadelphia Mayor James Young.

Mayor Cole said she does see a light at the end of the tunnel.

"I think in spite of all the tragedy, particularly in Charleston, in spite of that dark time, something good, some light comes as a result of that," said Cole.

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