"I just don't remember it as being that bad," Barbour told the Weekly Standard during an interview for a recent profile. "I remember Martin Luther King came to town, in '62. He spoke out at the old fairground and it was full of people, black and white."
When asked about what King spoke about that day, Barbour replied: "I don't really remember. The truth is, we couldn't hear very well. We were sort of out there on the periphery. We just sat on our cars, watching the girls, talking, doing what boys do.
"We paid more attention to the girls than to King," he added.
This, of course, isn't the first time Barbour has raised more than a few eyebrows for his comments on racial history in America.
In April, the 63-year-old Republican, who's been talked about as a possible 2012 presidential candidate, told CNN that he saw no issue with Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's Confederate History Month proclamation not including a single mention of slavery, despite criticisms that it was "insensitive."
"To me, it's a sort of feeling that, it's a nit, that it is not significant ... that is trying to make a big deal out of something that doesn't amount to diddly."
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