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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

PBS: Video: Firing Line: William F. Buckley Interviewing Governor Leander Perez of Louisiana

This post was originally posted at The New Democrat on Blogger

I never heard of Leander Perez from Louisiana before I saw this video. But apparently he was both Governor of Louisiana and a judge in Louisiana and this interview was done in 1968. And they were talking segregation and the civil rights laws. And the Governor telling Bill Buckley that he's not a racist even though he says Negros which is what African-Americans back then were called, are morally inferior to Caucasian-Americans. And Perez saying that he's being honest and that is the truth, "why hide it"? With Buckley replying "so you are an honest bigot".