Mississippi Gov. Refuses to Condemn KKK License Plate
As we noted Monday, the NAACP has called for Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour to denounce an outrageous proposal to commemorate General Nathan Bedford Forrest, the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, with a state license plate.
Yesterday Barbour refused to say anything negative about a license plate dedicated to the KKK.
Republican Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is refusing to condemn a state proposal that would honor a Confederate General and early leader of the Ku Klux Klan, the Associated Press reports, telling reporters on Tuesday that “I don’t go around denouncing people.”
The proposal, brought up by the Mississippi Division of Sons of Confederate Veterans, seeks to create a state-issued license plate honoring Nathan Bedford Forrest. Forrest was a lieutenant general in the Confederate Army and, it is believed one of the earliest members of (and first “Grand Wizard” to) the white supremacist group Ku Klux Klan.
Barbour, considered a potential 2012 presidential candidate, said he didn’t think the proposal would be successful and that he did not, as a policy, denounce things or people.
“I don’t go around denouncing people,” he said, according to the Associated Press, when asked for a response to the proposal. “That’s not going to happen. I don’t even denounce the news media.”