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OKLAHOMA CITY - A protest is being planned outside the weekly Oklahoma Conservative Political Action Committee meeting over an article their president wrote.

The title of the article is "Why blacks hate cops & how blacks can be winners, not losers!"

It was written by OCPAC president, Charlie Meadows, and was meant to address the situation in Ferguson.

Many were outraged when they received the article in the organizations weekly e-mail.

"I'm on Charlie's newsletter, e-mail list and it came out and I looked at it and I thought wow, this looks bad," said Sooner Tea Party leader, Al Gerhart.

Gerhart says they immediately responded to the article with an e-mail of their own.

"We slammed him," said Gerhart. "We called him Mastah Charlie and again playing upon the old racist stereotypes in reverse to make him, shock him, this is what you're looking like Charlie, this is crazy."

In the article, Meadows says "The number one thing holding black folks back today is a bad attitude."

He says there is no need any more for the NAACP, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

The president of the Oklahoma City Chapter of the NAACP said the article shows one thing.

"Racism is alive and well," said Garland Pruitt. "Call it conservative, you can call it anything you want. I'm going to call them bigots and racists."

When Ron Marlett read the article, he decided to organize a protest outside OCPAC's meeting on Wednesday at Olivet Baptist Church.

"I was dumbfounded. I didn't know that people still thought this way," said Marlett. "I just feel that someone needs to speak out ... that racism has no place in modern society."

Charlie Meadows did not respond to our calls and e-mails.

Other members of OCPAC said the article expresses Meadows' views and did not necessarily reflect the views of all their members.

The pastor of Olivet Baptist Church, Steve Kern, says he agrees with everything that Meadows had to say in the article and has no problem with sponsoring the group's weekly meetings.

Protestors plan to gather outside his church at noon on Wednesday.