Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour just can't break away from his state's racist past. Actually, he refuses to break from it. Good ol' boy Haley has just made his decision regarding the attempt by the Sons of Confederate Veterans to make an honorary license plate devoted to KKK founder Nathan Bedford Forrest. He's for it. Or at least, he's not against it. "I don't go around denouncing people. That's not going to happen," said Barbour when asked by the NAACP to denounce the KKK leader.
Would anyone expect better from Mr. Barbour? This is the man who said life in segregated Mississippi was not "that bad" and praised the White Citizens Council of the era.
And this man wants to run for president? Good luck dissuading the American populace that the Republican Party is not racist with a man like this on the ticket. Why is it so hard for right-wingers to denounce actual racism? I mean, who views the KKK as anything but racist terrorists?