I know, I know: I’ve been a malaka of the week slacker of late. It’s not that there’s been less malakatude than usual but I’ve been busy, busy, busy.
Anyway, our old pal andformer malaka of the week Haley Barbour has done it again: made racially insensitive and factually erroneous statements.This time Colonel Rebel is praising the arch segregationist White Citizens Council:
“You heard of the Citizens Councils? Up north they think it was like the KKK,” said Barbour. “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.”
The White Citizens Council movement was founded in Mississippi in 1954, shortly after theBrown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision that outlawed segregated public schools, and was dedicated to political activities opposing civil rights — notablyboycotts of pro-civil rights individuals in Barbour’s hometown, as opposed to Barbour’s recollection of actions against the Klan. It was distinguished from the Klan by the public self-identification of its members, and its image of suits and ties as opposed to white robes and nooses.
In1998, American Conservative Union head David Keene barred the Citizens Council’s modern incarnation, the Council of Conservative Citizens, from the annual CPAC conference: “we kicked [them] out of CPAC because they are racists.”
Too wingnutty for David Frakking Keene? Now that’s conservative.
There’s a one word description for Hale’s revisionist take on the Civl Rights era: whitewashing. Literally.