Haley Barbour Won’t ‘Denounce’ KKK License Plate
February 16, 2011
(ChattahBox Political News)—Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) is a product of the Old Jim Crow South, and proud of it. So much so, that he features a Confederate flag signed by Jefferson Davis in his office. And he fondly looked back at his teen years living under Mississippi’s racist segregationist policies, as not “being that bad.” Either Barbour is and was, totally oblivious to the suffering of black Americans in the segregated South during the 50s and 60s, or he just doesn’t and didn’t care. And I’m not sure what’s worse. Now, Mississippi’s “Boss Hog” has a new racial controversy to deal with, as he strives to make himself presentable for a 2012 presidential run. And it’s not going well. When asked by the NAACP to denounce a proposed state license plate honoring Nathan Bedford Forrest, a former slave trader, war criminal and the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, Barbour took a pass. Why? Because Barbour apparently doesn’t think it’s appropriate to “go around denouncing people.” Republican moral bankruptcy at its finest.
The Mississippi branch of the group Sons of Confederate Veterans’ plan to honor a racist butcher on a special state license plate, has drawn outrage from the NAACP and other groups. Mississippi NAACP president Derrick Johnson, condemned the plan to honor Forest, as “absurd” and he slammed the KKK leader as a “racially divisive figure.”
“I find it curious that the governor won’t come out and clearly denounce the efforts of the Sons of Confederate Veterans to honor Nathan Bedford Forrest,” said Johnson. “As the head of the state, he shouldn’t tap dance around the question,” he added.
But Barbour is no profile in courage when it comes to racial issues. After receiving a barrage of criticism for his earlier remarks whitewashing the Jim Crow era, Barbour was forced to backtrack in a statement, in which he acknowledged African Americans were in fact “persecuted in that time.”
What a guy!
But this time around, Barbour is refusing to denounce the odious actions of a KKK Grand Wizard.
“Questioned by reporters Tuesday after an energy speech in Jackson, Barbour said he doesn’t think Mississippi legislators will approve the Forrest license plate proposed by the Mississippi Division of Sons of Confederate Veterans.” [...]
“Asked about the NAACP’s stance Tuesday, Barbour replied: “I don’t go around denouncing people. That’s not going to happen. I don’t even denounce the news media.”‘
It’s hard to believe that Barbour actually thinks he has a real shot at becoming the President of the United States.