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NAACP Study Shows Racial Problems In Military

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FAYETTEVILLE — March 1, 1996 - 5:22 p.m. EST

Commanders of North Carolina military installations may deny the existence of racial tension in the ranks, but some soldiers say they feel serious problemsdoexist.

According to state NAACP President Kelly Alexander, that's just one finding of the organization's three-month study on race relations in the military.

Alexander said a 14-member panel found widespread mistrust and frustration among soldiers of different ethnic backgrounds, but no evidence of organized hate activity.

The December shooting deaths of two Fayetteville African-Americans, Michael James and Jackie Burden, prompted the investigation.

The NAACP found that the three Fort Bragg soldiers arrested in those crimes are not alone in their racist beliefs.

Fort Bragg was the only North Carolina military installation that denied the task force access

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