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Barbour Praises Civil Rights-Era White Supremacist Citizens Councils

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What's more, Barbour says, he himself once went to see a speech by Martin Luther King in 1962 -- though he and his friends were paying more attention to the girls.

In interviews Barbour doesn't have much to say about growing up in the midst of the civil rights revolution. "I just don't remember it as being that bad," he said. "I remember Martin Luther King came to town, in '62. He spoke out at the old fairground and it was full of people, black and white."

Did you go? I asked.

"Sure, I was there with some of my friends."

I asked him why he went out.

"We wanted to hear him speak."

I asked what King had said that day.

"I don't really remember. The truth is, we couldn't hear very well. We were sort of out there on the periphery. We just sat on our cars, watching the girls, talking, doing what boys do. We paid more attention to the girls than to King."

Late Update: In an interview with TPM, Barbour spokesman Dan Turner insisted that the Mississippi governor is not a racist. Read the whole thing here.

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