Between praising a Southern white supremacists group and not recalling much from the civil rights movement during his formative years in the South, Andrew Ferguson's profile of Haley Barbour has sparked a lot of questions about the Mississippi governor. Today's top tweets express a mix of outrage and humor over the revealing profile.
Jack Kimball wonders if Barbour might have left out a few details from his memory of the civil rights movement.
When you get past the lynchings, KKK, oppression, and intimidation the Civil Rights movement wasn't bad. Pie was like 5 cents
Joan Walsh thinks Barbour's comments show his true ideology.
Mistake to think Barbour comments on civil rights era weren't thought out. They are part of a strategy to say, It wasn't that bad!
Matthew Yglesias and Josh Marshall both noted Barbour's recognition of the Citizen's Council, a local group typically described as White Supremacists.
Haley Barbour credits white supremacist organization for keeping the peace in Civil Rights era Mississippi: http://ygl.as/ibzgd2
Haley Barbour says white supremacist 'White Citizen Councils' got bad rap, were just trying to preserve racial harmony http://tpm.ly/fP4IHl
Brian Beutler implies Barbour's memory of the civil rights movement was influenced by his lack of interaction with minorities.
no minorities around at the moment, and things are not that bad, which means haley barbour has a point.
@Atrios and @delrayser mock Barbour's questionable nostalgia for a tumultuous time period.
segregation was pretty great. everyone knew their place.
White robes and hoods were actually pretty slimming. #haleybarbourpitches
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