Missouri Republicans, upset over charges of racism against Sen. John Ashcroft, released this 1960 photograph of Democratic Gov. Mel Carnahan. The photo, entitled ‘The Kiwanis Quartet’, originally appeared in the Rolla (Mo.) Daily News on Oct. 12, 1960. Carnahan, 2nd from left and his brother Bob, second from right, wearing blackface makeup, were singers in the white minstrel group. The photo caption said the public performance was a Kiwanis Club fund raiser. Also seen in the photo are: Milburn Bess, left, and Bob Powers, right.
Missouri Republicans, upset over charges of racism against Sen. John Ashcroft, released this 1960 photograph of Democratic Gov. Mel Carnahan. The photo, entitled ‘The Kiwanis Quartet’, originally appeared in the Rolla (Mo.) Daily News on Oct. 12, 1960. Carnahan, 2nd from left and his brother Bob, second from right, wearing blackface makeup, were singers in the white minstrel group. The photo caption said the public performance was a Kiwanis Club fund raiser. Also seen in the photo are: Milburn Bess, left, and Bob Powers, right. The Associated Press
Missouri Republicans, upset over charges of racism against Sen. John Ashcroft, released this 1960 photograph of Democratic Gov. Mel Carnahan. The photo, entitled ‘The Kiwanis Quartet’, originally appeared in the Rolla (Mo.) Daily News on Oct. 12, 1960. Carnahan, 2nd from left and his brother Bob, second from right, wearing blackface makeup, were singers in the white minstrel group. The photo caption said the public performance was a Kiwanis Club fund raiser. Also seen in the photo are: Milburn Bess, left, and Bob Powers, right. The Associated Press

Steve Kraske is a member of The Star’s Editorial Board. He’s covered politics in Kansas and Missouri since 1994. He’s the proud product of a writer-editor father and a politically engaged mother.