Haley Barbour Praises Racist Organization

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    Now, watch Haley try to save himself from his own remarks.

    Haley Barbour?s Race Gaffe: He Needs a Civil Rights History Lesson - The Daily Beast

    As Mississippi's Haley Barbour faces outrage for praising a historically racist organization, Harold Evans says he wishes the governor could have met an unsung hero like P.D. East, who fought the wrongs perpetrated against blacks instead of explaining away the injustices.
    Haley Barbour, the governor of Mississippi, is a burly, straight-talking, warm, and genial fellow. He is often talked of as a presidential candidate. If he does run, I'd advise him to brush up on his American history pretty quickly.
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    As Benjamin Sarlin reported on The Daily Beast, Barbour is offering a rosy picture of an organization throughout the Deep South in the 1950s and '60s known as the Citizens Councils. According to Barbour, who grew up in Yazoo City, Mississippi, the councils were benign, "an organization of town leaders hostile to the Ku Klux KlanÂ… In Yazoo City, they passed a resolution that anybody who started a chapter of the Klan would get their ass run out of town."
    That is not what I saw. I was in Mississippi in 1956 as a newspaper reporter from Britain. Traveling extensively for six months in the Deep South, I saw firsthand the activities of the White Citizens Council—as they called themselves then. They were just the Klan in a white collar.
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    Never heard of Benjamim Sarlin.
     
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    I think this is manufactured outrage.

    He was probably being somewhat insensitive, but I don't think he was being prejudicial nor malicious. I think he just said what he experienced growing up.

    He should continue to run for the nomination.
     
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    I think you are probably right, but if it even vaguely looks like he has a chance of defeating Obama (or whoever the Democratic Party nominates) in 2012, this will be a huge weapon the left will use against him.

    He screwed up by giving them this weapon.

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    Two questions:

    - How do you feel about Robert Byrd being an actual member of the KKK?
    - And what is the nature of the New Black Panthers?
     
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    Who's the Congressmen who lied about getting spit on on the day Obamacare was signed?

    What were his civil rights era recollections worth when comparing Obamacare protestors to southern racists?
     
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    So what?

    Obama praised the NAACP.

    So our own president has praised a racist organization.

    Obama praised La Raza (translation: The Race) , also a racist organization.

    So our own president has praised two racist organizations.

    Obama has praised CAIR, also a racist organization.

    So...........yep, thats 3.

    Obama once praised Jeremiah Wright and that church, obviously a racist organization.

    Uhh ohh boy........thats 4.
     
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    Probably trying to appeal to the "biggest ideological group." no-brainer there...
     
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    Barbour: Citizens Council 'Indefensible' - Garance Franke-Ruta - Politics - The Atlantic

    Other Barbour comments that add to the picture, Geraghty wrote, were:

    Barbour fondly remembering a black classmate at the University of Mississippi in 1965 and recalling his time there as "a very pleasant experience." The classmate, Verna Bailey, recalls the time quite differently: "I don't remember him at all, no, because during that time that certainly wasn't a pleasant experience for me," she said. "My interactions with white people were very, very limited. Very, very few reached out at all."
    His comment that the controversy about commemorating Confederate History Month in Virginia "doesn't amount to diddly."
    His statement that he attended "integrated" schools -- he attended during the 50s and early 60s - when Mississippi schools were not effectively integrated until 1970.
     
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    Haley Barbour is a man.
     
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