Mississippi Considers Plate Honoring ... KKK Leader
Sons of Confederate Veterans want to honor general-turned Klan leader
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Feb 10, 2011 12:55 PM CST
Three members of the Ku Klux Klan hide behind a combination Confederate and American flags during a rally in New York in this file photo.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – The Sons of Confederate Veterans have rustled up some controversy in Mississippi, by proposing a specialty license plate honoring Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, one of the earliest Grand Wizards of the Ku Klux Klan. The group wants the state to issue a series of plates commemorating the 150th anniversary of what it calls the “War Between the States,” with a different design every year from now to 2015. Forrest would be 2014’s plate, according to the AP.

“Seriously?” the state’s NAACP president said when asked about the plates. “Wow.” Forrest is praised by some war buffs as a tactical genius, but others revile him for ordering the 1864 massacre of black Union troops at Fort Pillow, and for his aforementioned Klan activities. Forrest did distance himself from the Klan later in his life, however. “If Christian redemption means anything … he redeemed himself,” says one SCV member. The SCV have had a special plate since 2003, which features a small Confederate flag.

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Feb 12, 2011 12:50 AM CST
#1 in illiteracy rates: Mississippi #1 state in obesity rates: Missisppi Lowest state income: Mississippi Lowest per capita income: Mississippi #2 highest ratio of any state receiving federal aid: Mississippi #1 in student dropout rate: Mississippi #4 in highest unemployment: Mississippi (usually #1, numbers skewed by recession) Anyone see a trend? BY THE WAY, YOU F*CKING LOST THE WAR! Hey rednecks: quit threating to secede again and just do it. Lets see who stops you this time. All in favor of letting Mississippi secede and have this two ton mole shaved off the ass of America once and for all say aye.
Feb 11, 2011 1:50 PM CST
They should allow this, but be forced to also honor General Sherman. They want to honor civil war criminals? Fine, then honor all of them. Otherwise it's hypocritical.
Feb 11, 2011 9:26 AM CST
Racism is still everywhere. Now Including Canadians, Mexicans, Cubans, Indians,, More More More.. Slavery was onced everwhere in the USA.. Yes in the North as well... Stop washing your hands of your own past and present.. Last Weeks News.. http://www.newser.com/story/111458/black-man-finds-noose-on-work-locker.html The Civil War is being fought in the hearts of Northerners just as much as Southern.