By Domenic Powell

The New Racism finds a home in the Deep South. Surprised?

Mississippi’s Senate just passed its own version of Arizona’s SB1070 law, which is currently being challenged in Federal court on constitutional grounds.

Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour will likely sign the bill, but it will face major scrutiny as Barbour floats his name as a potential 2012 presidential contender. Barbour recently made headlines by implying that White Citizens’ Councils were a benevolent organization due to their opposition to the Ku Klux Klan, when in fact the only difference was that the White Citizens’ Councils used business power to maintain White Supremacy instead of the violent tactics preferred by the Klan.

The White Citizens’ Councils became the Council of Conservative Citizens in 1988, after a previous name change (to the Citizen’s Council of America) in 1956. The WCC and the CCA used the same newspaper, The Citizens’ Council.