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  did Orval Faubus really endorse Jesse Jackson in 1984?
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« on: February 26, 2008, 07:37:51 pm »

or is this just a joke?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democratic_Party_(United_States)_presidential_primaries,_1984
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« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2008, 07:48:54 pm »

yes he did.

but it was probably a publicity stunt.  he was still running for governor in the democrat primary well into the 1980s.

i think george wallace endorsed jackson in 88.
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« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2008, 07:58:07 pm »

yes he did.

Here's a newspaper article from the time: http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1P2-3880589.html.

massive LOLZ
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« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2008, 10:45:38 pm »

faubus was a complicated fellow.

sure his actions with little rock central high school were reprehensible. 

but one should judge him by his entire life.  i think he exploited the race issue for political purposes, much like wallace.

i cant really say if he was a racist himself.
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« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2008, 12:09:43 am »

I was surprised myself when I learnt that some months back. Maybe Faubus and Wallace endorsed Jackson's candidacy in 1984 and 1988, so they were making up for the mistakes they both made in the past.
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« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2008, 03:05:25 pm »

I was surprised myself when I learnt that some months back. Maybe Faubus and Wallace endorsed Jackson's candidacy in 1984 and 1988, so they were making up for the mistakes they both made in the past.

or more likely they started to rely on blacks as part of their voting base in the 1980s.  they were both opportunists rather than racists (which is worse is open to debate.)
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« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2008, 03:33:29 pm »

I was surprised myself when I learnt that some months back. Maybe Faubus and Wallace endorsed Jackson's candidacy in 1984 and 1988, so they were making up for the mistakes they both made in the past.

wallace publicly apologized for his actions.

so far as i know faubus always insisted he had no regrets for what he did.
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« Reply #7 on: February 27, 2008, 09:51:39 pm »

At one point, he won 81% of the Black vote, according to Wikipedia.
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« Reply #8 on: February 27, 2008, 11:38:11 pm »

if anyone is interested:

http://12.170.145.163/Transcript/?ProgramID=1475&QueryText=orval+faubus
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