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Old 01-12-2011, 01:16 PM
 
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Possible presidential contender Gov. Haley Barbour — under fire recently for comments that critics claim minimized the problems of Mississippi's civil rights era — said Tuesday night that his state should build a museum dedicated to the movement.

"The civil rights struggle is an important part of our history, and millions of people are interested in learning more about it," Barbour said. "People from around the world would flock to see the museum and learn about the movement."
Miss. gov.: Time to build civil rights museum - Politics - More politics - msnbc.com

Two weeks ago, he said segregation was "no big deal". Now, he suddenly wants to build a civil rights museum.

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Old 01-12-2011, 01:21 PM
 
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Miss. gov.: Time to build civil rights museum - Politics - More politics - msnbc.com

It's hard to believe that this move has nothing to do with his recent controversial comments about segregation.
Building anything having to do with Civil Rights in Mississippi is BEYOND ridiculous. I understand that Barbour is just trying to make things right, and i commend him. But personally, the history of that state...even among other southern states, is still quite exceptional on this topic. My dad and grandparents (all natives) call it the Murder State, and for good reason.

If i go to Mississippi, i'll go to the beaches, the juke joints, the casinos, or the Blues Museum. Don't want to see anything to do with Civil Rights there.
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Old 01-12-2011, 01:28 PM
 
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Building anything having to do with Civil Rights in Mississippi is BEYOND ridiculous. I understand that Barbour is just trying to make things right, and i commend him. But personally, the history of that state...even among other southern states, is still quite exceptional on this topic. My dad and grandparents (all natives) call it the Murder State, and for good reason.

If i go to Mississippi, i'll go to the beaches, the juke joints, the casinos, or the Blues Museum. Don't want to see anything to do with Civil Rights there.
I actually have a different take on this. Although his motives and the timing is suspect I believe a Civil Rights museum in what could be perceived as the catalyst for the movement is long overdue.
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Old 01-12-2011, 01:33 PM
 
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I actually have a different take on this. Although his motives and the timing is suspect I believe a Civil Rights museum in what could be perceived as the catalyst for the movement is long overdue.
And that's completely fair. In fact, you're being far fairer and more open minded than i am. For me, the well is poisened beyond belief when it comes to Mississippi. I frankly can't stand the place (even though i'm obligated to go because of family), and when i think of the things my father, grandparents, uncles and aunts dealt with there (i know the stories firsthand), i nearly fall to pieces with anger.

That said, i think Barbour's heart is in the right place, i just won't have any of it.
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Old 01-12-2011, 01:42 PM
 
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I won't be surprised if his next announcement is: "And blacks will get free admission!"
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Old 01-12-2011, 01:43 PM
 
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I think the main reason is he is considering a run for POTUS more then it has to do with his remarks earlier. You did see where it is the anniversaries of the end of slavery and the freedom riders event in the civil rights era. Haley is one of the few {R}s that I like and I will give him a look to find out if he is neo conned on foreign policy. I would have been impressed if he said that we are building a museum with private donations only and will not use one cent of tax payer dollars.
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Old 01-12-2011, 01:56 PM
 
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Can you say "Damage Control"?

That said, if done right, it's not a bad idea. The Skirball Cultural Center showcased a traveling exhibition last year called Photographs of the Civil Rights Movement, 1956–1968, so there is certainly a case for something permanent.

"Poignant and deeply affecting, the photographs in this exhibition portray historical turning points such as the Montgomery bus boycott (1956), the Freedom Rides to the Deep South (1961), the March on Washington (1963), the Selma-to-Montgomery march (1965), the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. (1968), and the Poor People's Campaign (1968).

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The photographs are complemented by sound recordings of music and speeches, artifacts, and other archival materials that provide historical context."


Skirball Cultural Center - Exhibition | Road to Freedom: Photographs of the Civil Rights Movement, 1956

I think it's important to remember that institutions such as this serve a very valuable societal and educational purpose and opportunity. Those who were personally touched by the realities of these times, won't always be around to tell their stories. And those stories should not be lost, but retold throughout the generations to come, so that the atrocities of that era are never taken for granted (it wasn't "that bad" -- yes it bloody well was!) and never, ever repeated.

More on that exhibition, provided by the National Museum of African American History and Culture

The 'Road' to Civil Rights
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Old 01-12-2011, 02:29 PM
 
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I actually have a different take on this. Although his motives and the timing is suspect I believe a Civil Rights museum in what could be perceived as the catalyst for the movement is long overdue.
Agreed. History is important, especially a nation's less than stellar periods.
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