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1 CuriousLurker  Thu, Dec 30, 2010 7:30:03pm

Excellent find.

2 What, me worry?  Thu, Dec 30, 2010 10:17:57pm

To trivialize what happened in Mississippi is not only an attempt to rewrite history, but to further dehumanize Blacks and their struggle to find equality. It’s particularly insidious when done by the Governor of MS in 2010.

Youtube has a lot of good videos on Freedom Summer, the movement in the early 60s to get Blacks to vote in Mississippi. This one, in particular, has a cameo of Judge Tom Brady of the Citizens Council stating he doesn’t want Negros “as a class to control the making of the law that controls me. That controls the government in which I live.”

And these images which are far more disturbing, but in light of Gov Barbour’s comments, must never be forgotten.

If you go to youtube on that second video, the author has a number of videos on the subject which are incredibly powerful.

3 Michael Orion Powell  Thu, Dec 30, 2010 11:58:05pm

re: #2 marjoriemoon

That sign that that woman is holding - “Nigg*r don’t you wish you were white” - illustrates pretty damn well what was wrong with the south. The south was deeply impoverished compared to the north, had less universities, a medieval feudal system of domination and exploitation and an inferiority complex. Mississippi was the poorest of the poor.

When you’re poor, destitute and ignorant, what are you going to do? Stomp on the person who is more poor and destitute. I’ve talked to neo-Nazis and have found, not by coincidence, that alot come from impoverished areas. That’s where ignorance takes root.

4 What, me worry?  Fri, Dec 31, 2010 10:25:42am

re: #3 OrionXP

That sign that that woman is holding - “Nigg*r don’t you wish you were white” - illustrates pretty damn well what was wrong with the south. The south was deeply impoverished compared to the north, had less universities, a medieval feudal system of domination and exploitation and an inferiority complex. Mississippi was the poorest of the poor.

When you’re poor, destitute and ignorant, what are you going to do? Stomp on the person who is more poor and destitute. I’ve talked to neo-Nazis and have found, not by coincidence, that alot come from impoverished areas. That’s where ignorance takes root.

It does, but the only way to stop it is by information. Wenchwrench posted a link that they’re going to make it a mandatory curriculum to teach civil rights in MS. I’m a bit shocked that it hasn’t been mandatory before, but I’m glad it is now. There will be a lot of backlash from the kids whose parents still hang on to their bigotry, but at least they’ll get the information.

5 Decatur Deb  Fri, Dec 31, 2010 10:29:49am

re: #4 marjoriemoon

It does, but the only way to stop it is by information. Wenchwrench posted a link that they’re going to make it a mandatory curriculum to teach civil rights in MS. I’m a bit shocked that it hasn’t been mandatory before, but I’m glad it is now. There will be a lot of backlash from the kids whose parents still hang on to their bigotry, but at least they’ll get the information.

The word I’m getting from my Mississippian neighbor is that MS is the first state to require the curriculum in every grade. Gov Barbour could have looked very good with that, instead of doing the Boss Hogg imitation. There has been vast progress here in AL, and a lot more to go.

6 What, me worry?  Fri, Dec 31, 2010 10:37:09am

re: #5 Decatur Deb

The word I’m getting from my Mississippian neighbor is that MS is the first state to require the curriculum in every grade. Gov Barbour could have looked very good with that, instead of doing the Boss Hogg imitation. There has been vast progress here in AL, and a lot more to go.

Excellent to hear, although I won’t ever post about this before bedtime again. Had nightmares all evening.

7 Michael Orion Powell  Fri, Dec 31, 2010 4:23:11pm

re: #5 Decatur Deb

The word I’m getting from my Mississippian neighbor is that MS is the first state to require the curriculum in every grade. Gov Barbour could have looked very good with that, instead of doing the Boss Hogg imitation. There has been vast progress here in AL, and a lot more to go.

I have fairly significant roots in the south, but I grew up on the West Coast. I’m also not a racist, so I have to read this from what I think I know from others.

It seems as if alot of conservatives either cannot help themselves with dog whistle racism but know to keep it strictly rhetorical, lest the heat of the rest of the country come crashing down on them again. The world is crazy so it might be a bit too much to try to read rationality into Barbour.

It’s also worth noting that considerable segments of the Right seem intent on re-writing America’s racial history. It would be worth seeing what books are going to be assigned in Mississippi’s classes.


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