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(The Atlantic) — Last week, while on stage with Haley Barbour, the governor of Mississippi, at the Atlantic-sponsored Washington Ideas Forum, I kept thinking this one thought: Black people are very forgiving people. Over and over again, this notion came to mind as I listened to Barbour spin himself away from a simple question I was asking, a question prompted by the recent work of the Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson: Does the Republican Party actually believe that African-Americans would support it in numbers so long as party officials — like Barbour — venerate the Confederacy?

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