Officials urged to meet with NAACP about Coast Guard Academy

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NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) - A Mississippi congressman is urging his Connecticut colleagues to meet with NAACP members to discuss concerns about racial discrimination at the Coast Guard Academy.

The Day newspaper reports Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson recently talked about those concerns with NAACP members in New London, the academy's home. He's urging three Connecticut Democrats - U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy and U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney - to do the same.

Blumenthal says plans are in the works for such a meeting.

New London NAACP members say they have received complaints of hate crimes at the academy. Thompson is ranking member of the House Homeland Security Committee, which has oversight over the Coast Guard.

Academy officials have said the school does not tolerate racism and has accountability and disciplinary systems in place.

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Information from: The Day, http://www.theday.com

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