As we saw below, the Citizens’ Council movement that Haley Barbour credits with keeping the peace in 1960s Mississippi was a white supremacist organization. That’s true of Citizens’ Councils in general, and Citizens’ Councils in Mississippi in particular. How about in Barbour’s hometown of Yazoo City? Yup.
Here’s Neil R. McMillen’s The Citizens’ Council: Organized Resistance to the Second Reconstruction:
Barbour wants you to believe the Citizens’ Council was avoiding trouble by organizing boycotts of the KKK. The reality is they were organizing boycotts of NAACP supporters.