Haley Barbour: Civil Rights Era Wasn’t That Bad
Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, who has been mentioned as a potential candidate for President in 2012, has some rather selective memories of the Civil Rights Era:
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says he doesn’t remember the Civil Rights Era being “that bad” despite attending a Martin Luther King, Jr. rally nearly 50 years ago.
“I just don’t remember it as being that bad,” Barbour (R), 63, told the conservative Weekly Standard, which did a lengthy profile on the governor. “I remember Martin Luther King came to town, in ’62. He spoke out at the old fairground and it was full of people, black and white.
“It was quite apparent that Yazoo City had indeed integrated its schools calmly and deliberately,” reads a passage cited from a book about the city.
Barbour told the Weekly Standard that he attended a Yazoo City rally headlined by King in 1962 with some of his friends, when he was high-school aged.
Barbour said they wanted to hear King speak, but he could not recall what the reverend said.
“I don’t really remember. The truth is, we couldn’t hear very well. We were sort of out there on the periphery,” he said. “We just sat on our cars, watching the girls, talking, doing what boys do.
“We paid more attention to the girls than to King,” he added.
Apparently, Barbour also didn’t pay much attention to what was going on around him at the time either.