MW: The Dark Side of Things
Posted December 21, 2010on:
Blessed Winter Solstice, Widdershins. Today is the shortest day of the year, and we had a total lunar eclipse as well. Astrologers are quite excited about the combination of events, and we can only guess the astrologic influences that this convergence will bring to bear upon us.
Let’s look at just a few things that are smacking us in the face. We discussed National I Told Ya So Day yesterday, and enumerated the strange and wonderous occurances of Barack Obama. There are a few others ahead of us, though.
For example, Governor Haley Barbour. Many pundits believed that Barbour was a front runner for the Republican nomination for the 2012 presidential run. Several weeks ago, Governor Barbour recalled that the era of segregation wasn’t all that bad. Frankly, I don’t recall suffering under segregation in the South either: like Governor Barbour, I am white. If I were black, I’m certain that I would remember segregation quite differently. Unlike Governor Barbour, my state was not infamous for events like Freedom Riders, murdered civil rights workers and Emmitt Till. Georgia did not desegregate cheerfully by any means, but did so in relative peace. Also unlike Governor Barbour I make no excuses for my state – it was as it was.
I was in my junior year of high school when desegregation came in 1965. Haley Barbour in just about a year older than I, so our recall is pretty well contemporaneous. Private academies sprang up everywhere throughout the South, and many still exist today. However, Haley would not have required one as Mississippi was one of the last to desegregate in 1970, followed only by Virginia. Not that “official” desegregation meant much, either. Maryland officially desegregated in the 1950’s, but my cousins in Havre de Grace all graduated from all-white high schools well into the 1970’s.
If this wasn’t good enough, Governor Barbour stepped into the Conservative Citizen’s Council morass, and this may well be his undoing. He states that he is not a member, but he is fine with the CCC using his name and picture if they need to do so. Now, the CCC is the latter day version of the old White Citizen’s Council. The WCC was pretty public and was composed of many prominent citizens. It should not be confused with the KuKluxKlan, as membership was known to all without the costuming. Here’s an interesting quote from Governor Barbour:
This week Governor Barbour is quoted in The Weekly Standard saying this about Conservative Citizens Council (emphasis added):
“Because the business community wouldn’t stand for it,” he said. “You heard of the Citizens Councils? Up north they think it was like the KKK. Where I come from it was an organization of town leaders. In Yazoo City they passed a resolution that said anybody who started a chapter of the Klan would get their ass run out of town. If you had a job, you’d lose it. If you had a store, they’d see nobody shopped there. We didn’t have a problem with the Klan in Yazoo City.”
Okay, again here, I am not from Mississippi. However, membership in the KKK was kept secret in Georgia and I’d have to believe that it was in Mississippi as well. Let’s just say that the organization was and is very tight and very close-mouthed and this has historically made successful prosecutions of its members few and far between. Therefore, while I would be not be surprised if such a resolution were to be passed by the WCC, I would be stunned if they were able to enforce any such thing, as they may never be able to successfully identify the culprit. Also, the local Klavern could well have been located two miles past the Yazoo City limits. Let’s just say that I would be personally surprised if any part of the Delta had been sans Klan during the Sixties. In fact, the only statement that Governor Barbour has made thus far with which I completely agree is that the WCC (and the modern version of the CCC) is not the Klan. No, it wasn’t and isn’t. However, it should not be confused with an organization that wished to foster interracial understanding either. The CCC is a white nationalist movement, plain and simple.
At any rate, I would be surprised if Haley Barbour made a bid for the Presidential nomination at this point in time. Not that he could not win the Republican nomination, as indeed he could, but the Independents votes could be a bit hard to attract. I just don’t see a way out of this one. I am not calling him a racist as I do not know his heart, but I am calling him obtuse.
This is an open thread.
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