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Haley Barbour should be the first visitor to Mississippi’s Civil Rights Museum


Barbour announced Thursday that he’s calling for a special session of the legislature to secure funding for the Civil Rights Museum and Museum of Mississippi History.

To be fair, Barbour has been pushing for this since he mentioned the project in his state of the state speech in January. But that was after his blind spot on race the size of the Confederate flag was revealed. In that speech, he said, “The civil rights struggle is an important part of our history, and millions of people are interested in learning more about it.” He went on to say, ”People from around the world would flock to see the museum and learn about the movement.”

The governor should be first in line.

Jonathan Capehart is a member of the Post editorial board and writes about politics and social issues for the PostPartisan blog.

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