History, only a matter of interpretation

In Uncategorized on September 8, 2010 at 10:19 am

As a kid, I loved watching the-then updated version of Name that Tune. I love music, all kinds and that show allowed me to explore the inner lounge singer in me. It doesn’t help that I can’t carry a tune in a bucket, however, that didn’t prevent me from singing my little heart out or playing that game. So in honor of one my favorite shows, let’s play a little trivial game, similar to Name that Tune.

Can you name who said this in 10 words? The Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson says he can name that person in 5 words. Eugene, name that tune. “biggest load of revisionist nonsense.” Eugene’s answer: Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour.

According to Robinson, “Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, who may seek the Republican nomination for president, is trying to sell the biggest load of revisionist nonsense about race, politics and the South that I’ve ever heard. Ever. He has the gall to try to portray Southern Republicans as having been enlightened supporters of the civil rights movement all along. I can’t decide whether this exercise in rewriting history should be described as cynical or sinister. Whichever it is, the record has to be set straight.” Robinson is referring to an interview Governor Barbour gave to Uncommon Knowledge with Peter Robinson.

What does Robinson call revisionist??? For Governor Barbour, his interpretation of why many of the Old South Democrats switched parties had very little to do with race but because “…my generation, who went to integrated schools. I went to integrated college — never thought twice about it…by my time, people realized that was the past, it was indefensible, it wasn’t gonna be that way anymore. And so the people who really changed the South from Democrat to Republican was a different generation from those who fought integration.”

For Eugene Robinson, the reason why Governor Barbour would “revise” history has much to do with political purposes. “The Republican Party is trying to shake its image as hostile to African Americans and other minorities. It would be consistent with this attempted makeover to pretend that the party never sought, and won, the votes of die-hard segregationists. One problem, though: It did.”


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