“The people who led the change of parties in the South … was my
generation. My generation who went to integrated schools. I went to
integrated college — never thought twice about it.” Segregationists in
the South, in his telling, were “old Democrats,” but “by my time,
people realized that was the past, it was indefensible, it wasn’t gonna
be that way anymore. So the people who really changed the South from
Democrat to Republican was a different generation from those who fought
Damn, I did not know how noble the Barbour-Lott generation of Southern pols were. According to Barbour, white flight had nothing to do with the changed, uh, complexion of the GOP in Thurmond/Wallace country. I guess it was all about “conservative principles” not about code words and nostalgia for the “lost cause.”
LBJ was right when he said that his advocacy of civil rights would damage the Democratic party in the South for generations. Purt near everything in Southern politics is about race, identity or class; sometimes in disguise but it’s always there.
Haley’s despicable attempt to rewrite history is all about a possible run against the first African-American President. In short, he’s racing to bury the race card at the bottom of the deck and knows full well that Obama is leery of raising the subject. It’s past time for the White House to stop pretending that we’re in a post-racial era. It’s one reason why the President is being “othered” to death. It’s hard to fight back when you’ve got one hand tied behind your back.
Fuck you sideways, Haley.