David Duke, the Neo-Nazi, Klansman, and one time presidential candidate, is joining forces for a confence with other White Power groups in Olive Branch, Mississippi November 7-9. The conference is currently scheduled to be held at the Whispering Woods Conference and Retreat Center, located at the intersection of Hacks Cross and Goodman Roads.
The conference's organizers apparently may have misled the conference center's management, leaving the impression that the gathering in question was related to environmental issues. Whispering Woods general manager Travis Murray would neither confirm nor deny that his organization had been misled in any way when he was contacted by phone earlier this afternoon.
"I'm about to go into a meeting and get some legal advice," Murray said. "What I can tell you at 2:30 may be completely different than what I might tell you now."
Murray says that since the location of the conference leaked, he's received numerous phone calls at work and at home. He hopes to be able to explain the situation soon.
Jacob Flowers of the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center says that although his organization was interested in learning the location of the White Power rally, they do not plan to stage a formal protest.
"That would be giving them exactly what they want," said Flowers, who says he has been encouraging people to contact Whispering Woods to let management know that "racists and bigots are not welcome in our community."
-- Chris Davis