Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour said the initial failure to mention slavery in Virginia Governor’s Bob McDonnell’s Confederate History Month proclamation “doesn’t amount to diddly.” If you can’t hear the sound of racism in that comment you are either a racist or so damned stupid you probably don’t understand what I’m saying here in the first place.
Barbour reminds this writer of the racist likes of a Lester Maddox. Nothing will change Barbour’s mindset, which is bad enough. What is really scary is that he is a leader of the Republican Party, a fact that would disappoint the likes of Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt, both great presidents and both, by the way, Republicans.
In an interview with CNN’s Candy Crowley, Barbour reacted to the assertion that some find the idea of celebrating the Confederacy offensive by pointing out that his state legislature is Democrat and they’ve regularly approved a day annually celebrating the Confederacy and so have former Democrat governors, as if these facts had anything to do with the point at hand. If you are making people ride in the back of the bus or you are longing for the days when you could make people ride in the back of the bus, those of us who believe in equal rights don’t really care what political party you belong too.