"In May 1866, a little group of young men in the Tennessee village of
Pulaski, finding their time hang heavily on their hands
after the excitement of the field, so lately abandoned,
formed a secret club for the mere pleasure of
association, for private amusement—for anything that
might break the monotony of the too quiet place, as
their wits might work upon the matter, and one of their
number suggested that they call themselves the Kuklos,
The main activities of the Klan,
wrote Wilson, were
Occasionally they did prey upon blacks, Wilson conceded,
but black fears of the Klan were
Bartlett relates countless such anecdotes to show that
while the Republican Party is endlessly smeared as
racist, at its worst, it could not hold a candle to the
party of Wilson and FDR.
What brings this history up is the
media assault on
Gov. Haley Barbour for his answer to an
interviewer`s question as to why his hometown, Yazoo
City, avoided the violence that attended the
desegregation of other cities in the Mississippi of his
youth. Haley`s reply:
"You heard of the Citizens` Councils? Up north they think it was like
the KKK. Where I come from it was an organization of
town leaders. In Yazoo City, they passed a resolution
that said anybody who started a chapter of the Klan
would get their a– run out of town. If you had a job,
you`d lose it. If you had a store, they`d see nobody
shopped there. We didn`t have a problem with the Klan in
Yazoo City." [The
Boy from Yazoo City,
December 27, 2010]
No one has contradicted the facts
as stated by Haley, that the Citizens` Council of Yazoo
City consisted of
"town leaders" who did not want any Klan violence ripping their town
But if Haley had meant to leave the
impression that the White Citizens` Councils were
promoting peaceful integration, that would have been
laughable. Like almost all the U.S. senators from the 11
states of the Old Confederacy who signed the Dixie
Manifesto opposing the Brown decision, the
White Citizens` Councils believed in
massive resistance to integration.
After 24 hours of media bashing,
Haley sought to silence his tormenters with
"My point was my town rejected the Ku Klux Klan, but nobody should
construe that to mean the town leadership were saints,
either. Their vehicle, called the `Citizens` Council,`
is totally indefensible, as is segregation. It was a
difficult and painful era for Mississippi, the rest of
the country and especially African-Americans who were
persecuted in that time."
Thus did Haley throw the town
fathers of Yazoo City, many of whom he must have come to
know as friends,
under the bus to restore his acceptability to media
elites, some of whom he probably detests.
Such are the demands of political
advancement in America.
Yet, as Voltaire
observed, history is a pack of lies agreed upon.
Undeniably, across the South in the
1950s and 1960s, there was broad and deep resistance to
integration. But it is also true that all the Senate
signers of the
Southern Manifesto and all but two of the House
signers were Democrats in good standing in the party of
JFK and LBJ.
And while civil right workers and
others were brutally killed in the 1960s, the real
racial violence occurred in the North—in the Harlem riot
of 1964, the Watts riot of 1965, the Detroit and Newark
riots of 1967 and the wave of riots that broke out in
scores of cities after the murder of Martin Luther King
Jr. in Memphis. There were
days of looting and burning in Washington, D.C.
Who was responsible for that wave
of racial violence? Was it the black rioters themselves?
Democratic machines and mayors that ran almost all
of the Northern cities? The Johnson administration?
Because it was surely not
Republicans, who in the 1960s were nonexistent in the
South and shut out of power in Washington and most major
cities and state capitals after
JFK`s victory and
The Nixon White House is endlessly
denounced for a
"Southern Strategy" that captured all 11 states of
the Old Confederacy in 1972. But Nixon`s vice president
was a pro-civil rights governor, Spiro Agnew of
Maryland, who had defeated George P. ("your-home-is-your-castle")
Mahoney, a Democrat who
ran in 1966 on his opposition to open housing.
In the six presidential elections
in which Wilson and FDR topped the ticket, Democrats
carried all 11 Southern states every time.
Outside of Missouri, Deep South
states were the only ones Adlai Stevenson carried in
1956. The sainted Adlai balanced both his tickets with
John Sparkman of Alabama and
Estes Kefauver of Tennessee.
As Haley Barbour can attest,
liberal hypocrisy is exceeded only by liberal amnesia
about who kept them in power from 1933 to 1968.
CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC.
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