Yes, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour apologized (barely) for his racist rendition of the segregationist-era Citizens Councils in his Yazoo City hometown. And at year's end, the governor did finally pardon and release Jamie and Gladys Scott, two African American sisters sentenced in 1994 to life imprisonment for their (minimal) role in an $11 robbery. More, the record has been set straight about the Citizens' Councils' efforts to suppress the NAACP's voter registration efforts in Yazoo City and its attempts to turn back the black freedom movement in the 1960s. We even know about Haley's brother Jeppie Barbour's role during that time, thanks to Amanda Terkel's December 20 Huffington Post piece, which cited Willie Morris' 1971 book, Yazoo: Integration in a Deep-Southern Town. Basically, Brother Jeppie exemplified the white chauvinism so openly displayed in that era, and he actively fought against integration.
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