Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Ole Haley gets criticized down homeGood editorial from Donna Ladd of the Jackson [MS] Free Press on ole Haley and the "uptown Klan", aka, the White Citizens Council, the Coucil of Conservative Citizens: Of Barbour and the 'Uptown Klan' 12/22/2010. (h/t Bob McElvaine)
As a Neshoba Countian who watched my town and state wrecked by our slavery and Jim Crow legacies, I take Barbour's whitewashing of our history personally. No, let me be even plainer: I think it is shameful and sinful for a politician or strategist to treat white Mississippians as if we haven't changed, and then expect us to respond by giving them everything they want (to benefit their corporate donors).Plus, he often says "Missippi" instead of "Mississippi". My long-departed mother thought that was something close to sacrilege, especially coming from a Mississippi public official.
I encourage everyone to read the whole thing. This is why I get so irritated when I see someone like Bob Somerby scolding liberals for Yankee condescension whenever they say anything at all to criticize white racism. Here's a nice (apparently native) Mississippi white lady talking like normal Mississippians who aren't sympathetic to white racists talk. Yankees just tend to be way too polite about such things.
Tags: white citizens council, white racism
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