Gov. Haley Barbour, you know, Bush's close buddy, and well known Mississippi conservative (R) (who loves to pose with his buddy Bush and Black folks impacted by Hurricane Katrina), won't grant a posthumous pardon to a black Korean War veteran, who was wrongfully convicted in old segregationist Mississippi, after he tried to enroll in an all-white university.
Let me bring you up to date. This is a case involving Mr. Clyde Kennard who was convicted of purchasing $25 worth of chicken feed, that it was alledged he knew to be stolen in back in 1960, when Mississippi was lyching Black Folks for looking at whites. Well Clyde Kennard was then sentenced to seven years hard time in a Mississippi prison. And geth this, the only witness against him has recanted his own testimony.
Unfortunately, Kennard died in 1963, you see he was released early because he unfortunately had cancer.
Barbour has agreed Kennard was wronged, but says he won't be granting a pardon, despite calls from across the U.S. that Mississippi clear this African-American's name.
There's more… on March 30th the Mississippi House and Senate passed resolutions honoring Kennard, and the infamous back door racist governor, declared a Clyde Kennard Day in memory of the veteran who tried to break the color barrier, remarking, "I believe it's very clear he wasn't guilty."
I guess its like Barry Bradford — whose students at Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Ill., have pored over thousands of documents in the case in hopes of clearing Kennard's name – when he said, "Barbour may become the first governor in U.S. history to refuse to pardon a man he has publicly proclaimed as innocent."
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