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.


6 Responses to “Haley Barbour Won’t ‘Denounce’ KKK License Plate”

  1. Shelia Welch on February 16th, 2011 2:58 pm

    To begin with I do not speak as a native Mississippian however, I do live in MS. I personally do not think that Barbour would be the best candidate for President of the U.S. and with that being said I would like to say there are a lot of racist Democrats and I think this is a ploy to use against Barbour because of his possible future political thrust. You know I am amazed that some think of racism only being a white black thing. IT’S NOT!!!! As for the license plate, just let it be an option if you want the stupid plate then choose that plate and if not then have an alternate choice. It’s simple people!!!!! That proves to me that there is more to this than what meets the eye namely Political manipulation!!!! Grow up people. I think I’m going to call Barbour’s office and tell them what they need to do about this issue. You think it would help????

  2. Renay on February 16th, 2011 3:34 pm


    I can’t believe the statement that you just post. Are you for or against? This article is clearing stating a specific event with a specific person…not discussing different types of racism in this country or how many racist Democrats there are in America. Forget the political aspect of it all…I look at Barbour as a human being and it hurts me as an African American the comments that he’s made, the things that he did in his past, and even allowing a license plate of such manner to be made.

    If you want your voice to be heard, then call…write letters…start petitions but be clear on what you’re arguement is about and what change you would like to happen.

  3. Muttbucket on February 16th, 2011 3:35 pm

    yee hawww, I’m an ignorant sumbeatch…like my wife/cousin says, them there nigras don’t deserve respect cause they ain’t white and inbred…let’s kill more Americans than Muslim extreamists and be proud of it…

    These embarrasment of white trash should be dropped into a volcano….though I suspect the volcano would spew them into the atmosphere….good riddence of worthless ignorant caveman…

    Who voted for this racist peckerwood anyway….Is Mississippi really proud of this guy??….If so…remind me to drive around MS,,,,and not spend a penny there

  4. Muttbucket on February 16th, 2011 4:05 pm

    The south will rise again…this time with Muslim extremists having our back and we’ll kill more real Americans than in the Civil War….yee haw…I’m sooooo proud…course we’ll have to kill the Muslims when we’re done but so what…we’ll have ruined America and her values;..

  5. majii on February 16th, 2011 8:21 pm

    I don’t expect Barbour to speak against this license plate honoring Forrest, and I don’t expect Boehner to tell birthers that President Obama was born in the U.S. and is a Christian. Neither one of them can do what I described because it would alienate their voter base.

    FYI, Welch,
    I grew up under segregation, and I can say without a doubt that the racism whites receive from some others in this society cannot compare to the racism that existed against blacks when I was growing up. If I were to describe some of the acts of racism that I witnessed committed against myself and other black people at the time, it would probably be hard for you to believe that one human being could treat another human being that/this way.

    Even though I grew up under segregation, I don’t hate anyone thanks to my parents who impressed upon their kids that not all members of a particular group are guilty of the same behavior, and that people should be viewed as individuals. I don’t have time for practicing racism for several reasons. First, I’m busy living and enjoying my own life since I retired in 2009. Second, I’m a Christian who knows that I can never go to Heaven if I don’t respect and care for all of the people God created. Third, I’m going to have a white son-in-law after my daughter marries her fiance next year, and I love him and his family dearly, and I already have white people in my family tree. Last, I simply cannot find it within myself to waste energy hating anyone. I feel I could justify hating others were I to be immortal, but I’m not, and we’re all headed to the grave. I also believe that when we spend our lives hating others, it reduces our own quality of life, and I don’t want to waste my time doing it.

  6. Muttbucket on February 17th, 2011 11:47 pm

    If some ignorand rasict actually gets one of these plates, I hope they get a 24 padk of Charman to clean up the uh…opinions excreteted by sane folks as they express their opionions about the ignorant arrognance displayed by the plate owner…

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