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Sen. Kenny Wayne Jones (D), chairman of the Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus, received backlash from caucus members after defending controversial comments made by former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour.

After last week’s election, Barbour referred to President Barack Obama‘s policies as “tar babies” during a conversation with his lobbying firm. Two sources leaked the incident and, in an email to POLITICO, Barbour readily admitted to using the racist slur.

“If someone takes offense, I regret it. But, again, neither the context nor the connotation was intended to offend,” wrote Barbour.“The Oxford American Dictionary defines the term as ‘a difficult problem, that’s only aggravated by attempts to solve it.’ This is exactly what I meant and the context in which I used the term.”

In response to the backlash Barbour received, Jones said that he wouldn’t go against the notoriously bigoted politician.

“The truth of the matter is that any public policy considered controversial is a political tar baby,” state Sen. Kenny Wayne Jones, chairman of the Black Caucus, said in a statement. “Religious freedom, for example, is a political tar baby for Mississippi because when you touch it you get stuck, and the more you struggle with it, the more entangled you get.

“Therefore, I do not condemn Gov. Barbour’s statements as racist, nor do I believe he intended for anyone else to view his comments as such,” Jones said.

“Gov. Barbour could have chosen more politically acceptable words to describe my president’s policies,” Jones said, “but that’s not the Haley we know. Mississippians are tired of race baiting accusations when they don’t apply, and in this instance Gov. Barbour’s words were misinterpreted.”

“The Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus will fight for those who lack an adequate voice, but we won’t attack a native Mississippian — Republican or Democratic — to appease those who would label Mississippi as a backwards state.”

Black Caucus member Sen. John Horhn issued a statement saying that Jones did not speak for him or the caucus. “I assume these were the individual views of Senator Jones, which he is entitled to have, but I certainly found Gov. Barbour’s comments to be racially insensitive and in poor taste.”

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8 thoughts on “Miss. Black Caucus Chair Defends Former Gov. Haley Barbour’s Obama’s ‘Tar Babies’ Statement

  1. Uncle Kenny needs to get his mouth off of the Devils -D. Slave ass. Personally, I completely boycott the entire SOUTH with all the rhetoric about progress, they still have that racist Confederate flag. Do you think that the Jews would tolerate a Nazi Flag? Take a lesson. I only pass through the South on my way to the Caribbean .

  2. Racist people like this is all over this planet! Many of them are ignorant, because they do not know the history of this country that America itself refuses to own up to its evil past, and present evil behavior. This punk thinks that because the dumb, lazy Republicans “bought and stole,” I mean won the election, he can really say what he wants.

  3. Typical BAW attempt to appeal to the low informed race baiting crowd For one if Barbour had been a Democrat this story would never see the light of day. For another MesNBC
    Had back to back ALL night long black officials and scholars defending Democratic senator Harry Reid with his “Obama speaks very articulate for a black man” comment

  4. Spoken like a true “Uncle Tom”!!!!—Barbour is a RACIST POS and for a person of color to defend his racist slur is awful!!!!!!!! —-

    Mississippi and Alabama are still the ugliest parts of the deep south and I would rather not visit either state!!!!!!!!!

  5. seriously on said:

    Mississippi Got Damn! After all these years black folks in ole miss still cooning and backstabbing other blacks, this man should be removed and perhaps become a tar baby mascot for ole miss…Never trust a southern Baptist no matter what the color..It is not like the black folks in MS, who ratted out civil rights workers and freedom fighters do not have blood of their hands as well…

  6. blackspeak on said:

    Sometimes you have to just shake your head, when it comes to black people DEFENDING the social material system of white supremacy…. I have to conclude that these people don’t understand white supremacy, what it is, or how it works….

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