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1 aagcobb  Thu, Dec 30, 2010 5:10:49pm

Barbour could probably learn a thing or two auditing that class!

2 Michael Orion Powell  Thu, Dec 30, 2010 5:37:50pm

This sounds alot like the education programs in Germany and Austria about the Holocaust. The jury is out on whether that had the desired effect of changing the way native Germans viewed other groups.

3 What, me worry?  Thu, Dec 30, 2010 7:24:33pm

The history of civil rights in Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia is also the history of the KKK during its most violent times in the 50s and 60s. Many of the incidents of intimidation, beatings and murder of blacks (and whites who supported them), began in Mississippi. The KKK today is a shadow of what it was, but it still lives there. This mandatory curriculum is a great thing.

Barbour said he sees the value in the new curriculum.

“To not know history is to repeat it. And to learn the good things about Mississippi and America and the bad things about Mississippi and America is important for every Mississippian,” Barbour said when asked about the curriculum during an interview with The Associated Press in December.

He has to throw in “and America”. Mississippi was undoubtedly the worst. Most notably, It was the site where the Baptist church was bombed killing 4 innocent, teenage girls and where 3 civil rights workers were murdered for trying to help blacks get the vote. That event was a pivotal moment in civil rights history when Pres. Johnson sent federal agents to investigate the horrors of what was happening in MS which finally lead to the signing of Civil Rights Amendment.

I’m surprised it’s taken this long to make it mandatory, but better late than never, I guess.

4 Lidane  Sat, Jan 1, 2011 9:18:02am

On that note:

MS Rep Tried To Kill Historic Civil Rights Education Law Because It’s ‘Accusatory Of One Group’

Rep. John Moore, R-Brandon, has filed a bill to repeal the law nearly every year since 2006. Moore, who lives in a suburb of Jackson, said he wants to know who will write the textbooks and craft the materials students will be taught.

“I want schools to be teaching my grandchildren to read, write a complete sentence and do math,” Moore said. “I just want to make sure it’s teaching the truth and facts and not being accusatory of one group of people or the other. I don’t want it to be somebody’s philosophical idea of what civil rights are.”

5 Michael Orion Powell  Sat, Jan 1, 2011 6:08:05pm

re: #4 Lidane

On that note:

MS Rep Tried To Kill Historic Civil Rights Education Law Because It’s ‘Accusatory Of One Group’

Good lord. More reason to stay away from the Republican Party as you would stay away from a pool of toxic waste.


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