Thursday, February 17, 2011

Quote of the Day

"I don’t go around denouncing people."

-- Mississippi Governor Haley "Boss Hogg" Barbour on the request that he speak out against a push to create a state license plate honoring Confederate general, slave trader and KKK Grand Wizard Nathan Bedford Forrest

Last night on CNN, John King let a spokesperson for the NAACP and one from the Mississippi chapter of the Sons of the Confederacy go at each other; the result was entertaining, although not really all that surprising.

Unfortunately, what King didn't do was ask the question I always want to see put to one of these stars-and-bars-saluting clowns whenever he tries to defend the memory of the Civil War-era South, making the tired argument that the Confederacy is an "important part of our nation's heritage" and deserves to be paid tribute to. Just once I'd like to hear someone say, "Do you believe that the South was wrong -- that the Confederacy was on the wrong side of the Civil War?"

I guarantee the response would be the kind of tap-dance that'd put Stepin Fetchit to shame.


Prophet of Ra said...

When I was a baby, Momma named me after the great Civil War hero, General Nathan Bedford Forrest. She said we was related to him in some way. And what he did was, he started up this club called the Ku Klux Klan. They'd all dress up in their robes and their bedsheets and act like a bunch of ghosts or spooks or something. They'd even put bedsheets on their horses and ride around.

Steven D Skelton said...

If I was Barbour, I would have told the reporter to stick it up his ass.

Barbour has no connection to the license plate. He didn't propose it. He had never said anything about it. And as far as I know, Barbour has never been in the Klan, nor did he serve in the rebel army during the civil war.

This is the equivalent of walking up to random black people and asking them to denounce the lyrics of an Ice Cube album.

Chez said...

You're only partially right, Steven. Yes, it's always a touchy thing when you suddenly begin asking people to "denounce" someone's bad behavior or a rotten idea; it's generally a no-win situation -- a trap that's nearly impossible to avoid. That said, Barbour isn't just some random guy; he's the governor of the state and therefore has some say in the matter. His opinion counts for something -- in fact, it counts for quite a bit.

Prophet of Ra said...

For the record, if my state wanted to put Tom Hanks on my license plate, I would support it.

I would also consider supporting Matt Damon, but he has little to do with this post.

littlebitoffeisty said...

Propeht of Ra~

Nice forrest gump reference.

namron said...

Stephen: Read about Forrest's exploits as a CSA general officer in 1864 and 1865. He personally ordered and then watched the systematic butchering of black Union soldiers taken as POW's. I would think that a comment from the Federal Republic of Germany's Chancellor would be more than appropriate if Bavaria decided to issue a licence plate honoring Hermann Goerhing. BTW, is the German head of government still a Chancellor?

Anonymous said...

The causes of the Civil War were included more than just slavery. Most people in the South simply could not afford slaves. Hell, Grant had slaves but Lee didn't. And I am in no way attempting to alleviate the stain of slavery on the south, but lets not forget that the North had slavery long after the south did. Much to my same as a Marylander, my state was allowed to ignore the Emancipation Proclamation. I fully recognize that the average idiot with a dixie flag hanging in his living room is an idiot, but it blows my mind how people seem to think that the Civil War had just one cause.

Le Penseur said...

Y'all leave Guv'nah Foghorn Leghorn alone!

Steven D Skelton said...


I don't know what you read that led you to believe I was either ill informed about NBF or that I somehow supported the license plate being issued.

My point was that this doesn't have a fucking thing to with Barbour other than it is happening in the state he's Governor of.

I can't stand the political police that run around demanding everyone denounce whatever the fuck it is they feel needs denouncing.

A better idea would be to take the microphone over to someone who actually has something to do with the story and as them the questions?

Chez was right about my analogy, so I'm going to change it. It's like sticking a microphone in Quincy Jones face and demanding he denounce the lyrics of Ice Cube.