Haley Barbour is backtracking. Just a little more on the precise nature of what Barbour is backtracking from:
An official of the pro-segregation Citizens Council says unnamed donors have agreed to underwrite the cost of a special train to move Negroes to the North. The claim from George Singlemann came after an official of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People asked Negroes to ignore the segregationist offer of free one-way tickets out of the South.
Our position is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery-- the greatest material interest of the world. Its labor supplies the product which constitutes by far the largest and most important portions of commerce of the earth. These products are peculiar to the climate verging on the tropical regions, and by an imperious law of nature, none but the black race can bear exposure to the tropical sun. These products have become necessities of the world, and a blow at slavery is a blow at commerce and civilization. That blow has been long aimed at the institution, and was at the point of reaching its consummation. There was no choice left us but submission to the mandates of abolition, or a dissolution of the Union, whose principles had been subverted to work out our ruin.