Some people still love Nathan Bedford Forrest.
A fight is brewing in Mississippi over a proposal to issue specialty license plates honoring Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, who was an early leader of the Ku Klux Klan.
The Mississippi Division of Sons of Confederate Veterans wants to sponsor a series of state-issued license plates to mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, which it calls the "War Between the States." The group proposes a different design each year between now and 2015, with Forrest slated for 2014.
It's a fact that the KKK was founded by pissed off confederates who still wanted to fight the Civil War. Because of that, it's hard to not link the Civil War to racism despite the efforts by some. "War Between the States" my ass, they should be lucky that we don't refer to it as "War to Keep Slavery Legal."
"Seriously?" state NAACP president Derrick Johnson said when he was told about the Forrest plate. "Wow."
Most appropriate reaction, although I would have said "what the fuck?"