In a post below, I pondered the connection, if any, between former Justice Kay Cobb and the racist organization Council of Conservative Citizens. A comment from "Reasonably Prudent Person" encouraged me to call her and ask her about her ties to CCC, so I did.
She said that she did, in fact, attend a CCC rally in north Mississippi back in 2000 as part of her campaign. She stated that she had a policy of speaking to any group that invited her, regardless of what views the group itself may hold. That, she says, is the extent of her dealings with the CCC.
As I expressed to her in the phone conversation, she certainly was not alone in attending CCC events in the past. It has been standard operating procedure for many white Mississippi politicians, both Republican and Democrat, to attend Blackhawk and other CCC rallies. (Although, to be fair, it's been mostly Republicans since the 80's.) The uniform response of these politicians is what former Justice Cobb maintained: I don't agree with them, but I'm not going to shun them.
Well, Mississippi politicos, it's 2010, not 1864. Appealing to the racist vote was a damned good way to win office in Mississippi in the past. That's no longer the case, and it's time we moved on. It is perfectly permissible to decline an invitation to attend a rally being held by the civic arm of the Ku Klux Klan. In fact, I'm pretty sure that most Mississippians would be grateful if you refused to go. The vast majority of us Mississippians aren't racist. Yet every time we turn around, one of our elected leaders is hanging out with some group that embarrasses the hell out of 99% of us. (I'm looking at you, Gov.)