Mississippi Governor Won't Denounce Proposed KKK License Plate

Racial and cultural sensitivity have never been Haley Barbour's strong suit. In fact, one would not be off-base in calling him a racist bigot. (For crying out loud, the man praised a Southern segregationist group mere months ago.) And yet the Mississippi governor never ceases to shock and amaze. His latest boneheaded move was to refuse to denounce an effort by the Mississippi Division of Sons of Confederate Veterans to create a license plate honoring Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest -- an early Ku Klux Klan leader.

The AP:

Questioned by reporters Tuesday in Jackson, Barbour said he doesn't think Mississippi legislators will approve the Forrest license plate proposed by the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

The group wants the car tag in 2014 as part of a series of Civil War license plates.

Mississippi NAACP president Derrick Johnson has called on Barbour to denounce the license plate idea.

Asked about that Tuesday, Barbour replied: "I don't go around denouncing people."

Um, yeah. He doesn't go around denouncing people. Except President Obama. And the entire Democratic Caucus.

As I mentioned last week, Mississippi is reportedly fairly lax about letting organizations create specialty license plates. One of the state's top-sellers reads "Choose Life."

AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at February 16, 2011, 6:15am

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