Opinion

January 2, 2011

Commentary: Haley Barbour's revisionist history

Today’s lesson in revisionist American history is brought to you by Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour. Barbour, with visions of the 2012 GOP presidential nomination swirling in his head and no doubt keen to establish his right-wing bona fides, had this to say about a Southern movement intent on keeping the races separate as the nation was charged to integrate: “You heard of the Citizens’ Councils?” he said in an interview with the conservative Weekly Standard. “Up north they think it was like the KKK. Where I come from it was an organization of town leaders.”

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