Mississippi Governor Still Cleaning Up Image with Veto Talk for KKK License Plate

Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour

We sure are dealing with one slippery fish in Mississippi.  The governor, in an attempt to regain credibility for the 2012 presidential race, is in the news backpedaling once again.  We reported a controversial story on the seemingly schizophrenic governor back in December  when he depicted the Citizens Council of his hometown as upstanding citizens that protected their community from the Klan. But the more honest depiction would’ve been that they could control their own “negres,” so they didn’t want the KKK messing up their good thing.

Governor Haley Barbour is back in the news with his latest double talk.  There has been an uproar in Mississippi over the proposal for a license plate backed by the Mississippi Sons of Confederate Veterans, to honor Tennessee native Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, who led an 1864 massacre of black Union troops at Fort Pillow, Tenn and became a Ku Klux Klan grand wizard in Tennessee after the war.  When the proposal was initially put on the table, Barbour’s response to NAACP pressure was that he refused to condemn the bill and made the remark, “I don’t go around denouncing people.”

But once again, a change of heart has come for Barbour and he is now denouncing the bill all over the place.  According to Politico.com, Barbour told the Associated Press, “The bureaucracy denied it, the legislature won’t pass it and if the legislature passes it, it won’t become law because I won’t sign it.”

This is the same governor who recently released the two African American sisters who were serving life sentences for armed robbery of $11.  He’s just becoming a model citizen in preparation for the presidential race, isn’t he?  Read more here.

-J.C. Brooks

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