About Half of Mississippi Republicans Want to Outlaw Interracial Marriage

April 8, 2011

(ChattahBox Political News)—The Governor of Mississippi, Haley Barbour (R), a.k.a. “Boss Hog,” once fondly recalled his boyhood days coming of age in the era of Jim Crow segregation in Yazoo City. “I just don’t remember it as being that bad,” said Barbour, a privileged white man. And there are the racist jokes. Barbour once “joked” with an aide that he better watch out or “he would be reincarnated as a watermelon and placed at the mercy of blacks.” Barbour is the perfect governor for the Third World backwater of Mississippi, one of the poorest and least educated states in the union, ranking worst in the nation in just about everything. But when it comes to racism and right-wing ideology, Mississippi leads the pack. So, a new poll finding that nearly half of Mississippi Republicans favor outlawing interracial marriage should come as no surprise.

The telephone poll of Mississippi Republicans was conducted by Public Policy Polling.

“We asked voters on this poll whether they think interracial marriage should be legal or illegal- 46% of Mississippi Republicans said it should be illegal to just 40% who think it should be legal.”

Amazingly, 14 percent of those polled were undecided if interracial unions should be illegal.

The results take an uglier turn when divided according to their choice for president. A much higher percentage of supporters of Haley Barbour, Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee believe interracial marriage should be made a crime.

“With Barbour included, Huckabee gets more support (22%) from the former than the latter (15%), as does Palin (13-6). The support for Bachmann (10-2), Gingrich (13-8), and Pawlenty (4-1) works the opposite way.”

The poll also found that Mississippi Republicans approve of Barbour’s racial insensitivity, and revisionist history of segregation and the Confederacy. Barbour led the presidential pack with 37 percent of Republican voters.

Huckabee came in second with 19 percent. Huckabee sure knows his base. He has been busy of late, peddling racist birther nonsense and dog whistles, portraying President Obama as an anti-Colonial Mau Mau tribesman, foreign usurper who spent his childhood surrounded by “madrassas.”

These findings certainly help explain the divisive “Southern Strategy” politics of right-wing Republicans. They want to capture the white racist vote and stoke fear and hate with the rest. And this ugly side of Republican politics will only intensify leading up to the 2012 presidential election with our first black president in the White House.

The entire poll is available here.

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2 Responses to “About Half of Mississippi Republicans Want to Outlaw Interracial Marriage”

  1. majii on April 10th, 2011 6:44 pm

    I don’t suppose many of them know that in the Supreme Court case Loving vs. Virginia, that the SC struck down a state’s right to prohibit interracial marriage. I understand why this poll’s results turned out the way that they did because I’ve lived in the south all of my life. Asa person of color, I know that many whites can be very nice to you and recognize your contributions to society, and, at the same time, never accept you as being worthy of being a member of their family.

    This gave me great pause when my daughter began dating a white guy over 4 years ago. I made it very clear to him that I would not accept the idea that he would NOT stand up for her in ALL instances involving racism and discrimination. He assured me that he would, and he’s kept his promise. He called me in December to ask for her hand in marriage. I gave him my consent to proceed, but I also told him I would accept no abuse of her on his part, and that he could expect me to be knocking at his door should he decide to take that step. My daughter is a college graduate, works hard, and has no kids at 29 years of age.

    I like the guy, and I like his family, and the feelings are reciprocal, but with these kinds of attitudes still around in the 21st Century, one does one’s self a favor by remaining vigilant at all times. I didn’t abuse her, and neither did her father, and I expect the same from anyone who would be a part of her future.

  2. Sue on April 12th, 2011 8:16 am

    Hey Majii:

    I can only think the solution to the strong strains of racism existing in Mississippi is education. Haley Barbour’s state ranks in the bottom nationally for education and poverty. And I have great faith in our young people, who, unlike their parents, aren’t ruled (as much) by bigotry and prejudice.

    It sounds like you are doing a great job with your daughter Majii. You are right, if he loves her, truly loves her, he will protect and defend her from small racist minds.

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