February 22, 2011

Commentary: Klan founder's undeserved honor

Nathan Bedford Forrest was a cotton planter and a trader in horses, cattle and black people. He is also remembered for leading a rebel band that overwhelmed a Union stronghold, Fort Pillow, Tenn., massacring 300 mostly black soldiers and civilians, including children, after the soldiers had dropped their weapons. Finally, Forrest is remembered as a founder and the first "Grand Wizard’’ of the Ku Klux Klan. This is the legacy of Nathan Bedford Forrest. At this writing, the state of Mississippi is considering whether to honor that legacy through the issuance of vanity license plates.

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