From Eugene Robinson at The Washington Post:
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, who may seek the Republican nomination for president, is trying to sell the biggest load of revisionist nonsense about race, politics and the South that I’ve ever heard. Ever.
He has the gall to try to portray Southern Republicans as having been enlightened supporters of the civil rights movement all along. I can’t decide whether this exercise in rewriting history should be described as cynical or sinister. Whichever it is, the record has to be set straight.
Hey, Haley, the Barbour of Incivility, if you’re going to make up fairy tales, you should dress the part…
In a recent interview with Human Events, a conservative magazine and Web site, Barbour gave his version of how the South, once a Democratic stronghold, became a Republican bastion. The 62-year-old Barbour claimed that it was “my generation” that led the switch: “my generation, who went to integrated schools. I went to integrated college — never thought twice about it.” The “old Democrats” fought integration tooth and nail, Barbour said, but “by my time, people realized that was the past, it was indefensible, it wasn’t gonna be that way anymore.
Not a word of this is true.
Barbour did not attend “integrated schools,” if he’s referring to his primary and secondary education. Mississippi ignored the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision that was meant to end separate-but-unequal school systems. […] Finally, in 1969, the Supreme Court ordered Mississippi to integrate its schools immediately. The long-stalled change took place in 1970.
That was long after Barbour had graduated from high school in Yazoo City and gone on to attend the University of Mississippi — the “integrated college” he mentioned in the interview. The federal government had forced Ole Miss to admit its first black student, James Meredith, in 1962; he had to be escorted onto the campus by U.S. marshals as white students rioted in protest.
The governor’s assertion that segregation was a relic of the past “by my time” is ludicrous. He was 16, certainly old enough to pay attention, during the Freedom Summer of 1964, when civil rights activists James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner were murdered by the Ku Klux Klan near Philadelphia, Miss.
Equally wrong — and perhaps deliberately disingenuous — is his made-up narrative of how the South turned Republican. Barbour’s fairy tale doesn’t remotely resemble what really happened.
As he signed the 1964 Civil Rights Act into law, Lyndon Johnson is supposed to have said that the Democratic Party had “lost the South for a generation.” Among those who voted against the landmark legislation was Sen. Barry Goldwater, who became Johnson’s opponent in the presidential race that fall.
Johnson scored a landslide victory. Goldwater took his home state of Arizona and just five others: Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina. It was the first time those Deep South states had voted for a Republican presidential candidate since Reconstruction — and marked the moment when, for many Southern voters, the GOP became the party of white racial grievance.
Now, Haley Barbour is not stupid. Why is he telling this ridiculous story?
Maybe this is the way he wishes things had been. You’ll recall that earlier this year, when asked about a Confederate history month proclamation in Virginia that didn’t mention the detail known as slavery, Barbour said the whole thing “doesn’t amount to diddly.” Most charitably, all this might be called denial.
It’s much more likely, however, that Barbour has a political purpose. The Republican Party is trying to shake its image as hostile to African Americans and other minorities. It would be consistent with this attempted makeover to pretend that the party never sought, and won, the votes of die-hard segregationists.
One problem, though: It did.
24 responses to “Motherfuc….I mean, Mother Goose”
sorry so late, kids. been running around all day, and i just got home. haven’t even had dinner yet.
Good God Nonnie, get your nourishment first. We can wait!
i can afford to miss a few meals.
I read this online the other day. Haley the civil rights guy. What a stand up fellow that governor of Mississipi was. Why I’ll bet he even met Forrest Gump! Run Haley, Run!
can you believe that the people who interviewed him didn’t stop and remind him of what really happened? how they can call themselves journalists is beyond me.
I dunno Nonnie, this guy may as well have been from the book/movie One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s
Nest…. he appears to have had a lobotomy.
he likes to wear his nurse ratched uniform for halloween.
“I can’t decide whether this exercise in rewriting history should be described as cynical or sinister.”
The two are not mutually exclusive.
“Most charitably, all this might be called denial.”
I have an idea–next time, dress Haley Barbour up as Cleopatra!
with real asps!
Jeb I think it was Nathan Bedford Forest not Forest Gump. I am a little surprised that he’s bothering with this foray into historical fiction since the rest of the party seems to be embracing the racist kooks at the fringes and riding their wave of hate and ignorance. How ironic is it too that the very phrase The Southern Strategy is, like most racist parlance, coded talk for whites vs blacks ? The Republican Party becomes more like a game of whack a mole every day, you never know where the next kook, crackpot or Palin will pop up next.
the barbour of incivility is just trying to give rethugs a little wiggle room. they don’t really care that many in their ranks are racists, but they don’t like when they’re called racists. refutiating that takes time away from spreading their other lies.
Can’t see what his right hand is doing. From the look on the gooses face, he might be seeking golden eggs! But you can’t fix ignert. When all these repub-come- latelies go full circle, they will realize they won the Civil War! But like Foghorn Leghorn said: “That boys so dumb he thinks the Mexican border pays rent”.
uh-oh! is he goosin’ the goose? i think we should tell christine o’donnell about it. i think ol’ haley’s been reading those texas textbooks.
p.s. do you like how i decorated haley’s blouse?
Oh yes, quite tasteful with the pachaderms and BeePs. He’s looking a bit frumpy though, like someone might ask him a hard question or something…and I almost forgot…Happy New Year!!!
i think i’m going to try out for project runway. not only will i have all the rethug clothing, but i have my own accessories as well!
thank you, jerry, and a happy new year to everyone celebrating. 😀
My wife was wondering who stole her hat. He can keep it. Creep…
yeah, she wouldn’t want it after he’s worn it. the evil probably seeped in.
Get fat and rich with so much money and power that you don’t know what to do with it? The Neo-confederate face of the GOBP is considered a Presidential GOP candidate in 2012… Seriously?!? No! Stay with acting…Haley was the character in Porky’s Revenge (Porky Wallace)..correct?
i think he was boss hogg, too. charles durning played him in the best little whorehouse in texas (they changed the location to protect haley’s identity):
Welcome to the club!
And Mississippi Burning was just a TV commercial for fire extinguishers…
i thought it was just a little ditty for the kids, sorta like london bridge is falling down.
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