Miss. House takes back nationalist honor — sort of

Published 4:59 pm Thursday, April 2, 2009

With little explanation, members of Mississippi House passed a resolution several weeks ago honoring an event hosted by white nationalist Richard Barrett.

On Wednesday, they took it back — sort of.

The House used a procedural move to prevent final release of the resolution commending the “Spirit of America Day” that Barrett hosted to honor seven white teenage athletes.

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The procedural move had the practical effect of killing the resolution — even though the resolution technically remains alive until lawmakers finally end their 2009 session, probably in May or June.

Some legislators said they’re not criticizing the teenagers; they just didn’t want to salute Barrett.

The resolution is House Resolution 58.