MS Gov. Barbour ‘Supports’ License Plate Honoring KKK Founder
Matt | On 17, Feb 2011
This news is not THAT shocking coming out of Mississippi. I don’t say that because of the state’s past as the posterchild of racism since the Civil War. But rather, their pin-headed Governor (and presidential hopeful) Haley Barbour.
The issue surrounds a proposal for a new license plate honoring Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, who was a Civil War leader and eventually a key founder in the Ku Klux Klan. The Mississippi Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans had the bright idea of honoring Forrest by attaching his legacy to your Buick.
I don’t like the idea at all and neither does the NAACP in Mississippi.
Gov. Barbour, however, doesn’t think it’s his job to go around denouncing people and groups. He says, “I know there’s not a chance it’ll become law.” Well, the fact that it’s still up for a vote in the Mississippi Legislature is asinine enough. Barbour’s lack of a voice almost makes him complicit in this case.
This type of response is status quo for Barbour. He has also said on separate occasions that he doesn’t remember growing up in a racially-charged environment in Mississippi in the 1960’s. He doesn’t remember it being that bad back then. Umm .. ok.
Maybe Barbour’s version of Mississippi was in Russia, while the one in which civil rights leader Medgar Evars was slain in 1963 was in the Deep South? Oh yeah, that’s gotta be it.