Now Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour's memory of his childhood in the racial 1960's is a hot topic. He says he doesn't remember it "as being that bad" in Yazoo City, and says the Citizen's Council there were forces for good that kept the Klan out of town.
To malquote Billy Joel: The bad old times weren't always bad, tomorrow's not as good as it seems.
Too bad some of the people who were featured in a 60 Minutes report on Sunday didn't grow up in Yazoo City. They have virtually perfect memories of everything in their lifetimes.
Bt Tuesday, Barbour was singing a different tune, running away from the positive comments he had made about the (White) Citizen's Councils:
"Nobody should construe that to mean I think the town leadership were saints, either," he said. "Their vehicle, called the 'Citizens' Council,' is totally indefensible, as is segregation."That's quite an epiphany.