Klan Wizard Commemorative License Plates Coming to Mississippi?

It’s routine practice for states to issue license plates in support of various causes or groups, like veterans of foreign wars and conservation efforts.  But a license plate honoring an early leader of the Ku Klux Klan?  That’s what some in Mississippi are proposing.

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 (a war which the group calls the “War Between the States”).  One of those plates would honor Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, an early leader of the KKK.

Forrest is a Tennessee native known for leading the 1864 massacre of black Union troops at Fort Pillow, Tennessee.  After the war Forrest became a Klan grand wizard in Tennessee.

But the Sons of Confederate Veterans see in Forrest a military hero who, they claim, distanced himself from the Klan later in life.  Forrest, they argue, is a figure of redemption.  Regardless, the proposal is stirring up quite a bit of controversy with opponents of the plates suggesting the design be a drawing of a hooded klansman in the center of a regular Mississippi car tag.

If anything, what this story shows is that 150 years later this country still grapples with finding some peace and some healing from the brutality of slavery.  150 years later we still see those divisions, leading one to wonder if they will ever go away.

photo courtesy of escapedtowisconsin via Flickr

105 comments

Duane B.
.3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Maria D'Oporto
Past Member 4 years ago

Kris I am sorry don't get you, this sounds wrong to me

Maria D'Oporto
Past Member 4 years ago

Kris I am sorry don't get you, this sounds wrong to me

Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle5 years ago

I'm an R.N., and I worked with another nurse from S.C. (Miss., S.C., no difference). One night we were having a discussion about politics and people's rights, and I said something about the Civil War, and she answered me, "you mean, the war of northern aggression?" My mouth dropped open, I was speechless, and after I said something, she replied, "well, that's what I was taught in school." THE SOUTH WILL NOT LET THIS GO! They are not "grappling with the end of the brutality of slavery", but the feeling of losers. Instead of embracing that Lincoln kept our nation together, that we are a Union, they only think in the "loser" mindset. Often it's because, they truly do not recognize blacks as equal, NOW IN 2011. So if you wonder about the fury of the tea party facing the image of our black president, you know why.

Dave Tohunga
Dave te tohunga5 years ago

Let the redneck scum have their racist plates so they can be easily ID'd and targeted for such sport as lynching, shooting, torturing, skinning alive and all of those other activities they practice on people who don't have their subhuman KKK genes

Frank S.
Frank S.5 years ago

"What makes this nation a wonderful nation,and one of the greatest nations on earth,is were a nation of laws.” Shawna Forde states on youtube video below

This right-wing lunatic stated this before one of her cohorts went and put put bullets at close range into a nine year old girls head! But now justice has been done, as she has been convicted of murder and may well face the death penalty. It looks like her own words, have come back to haunt her!

Border vigilante guilty of murdering nine-year-old
By David Usborne, US Editor
Wednesday, 16 February 2011

“Shawna Forde, who claimed to be the head of a group that would "kick down doors and change America" may now face the death penalty after the verdict by a jury in Arizona. “- independent.co.uk

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/border-vigilante-guilty-of-murdering-nineyearold-2216127.html

Suspected Minuteman Killer Shawna Forde: Member of FAIR

"What makes this nation a wonderful nation,and one of the greatest nations on earth,is were a nation of laws.” Shawna Forde

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErqCmLiWQj8


Frank S.
Frank S.5 years ago

More good news! Statistics confirm that Glen Beck and other right-Wing talk radio mouthpieces, are indeed going out of favor with the American people!

Is Right-Wing Talk Dying?
by John Avlon Info

Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, and Rush Limbaugh are losing fans in a key market. John Avlon on why listeners and station managers are sick of anti-Obama tirades—and who bucks the trend.

“Here’s another sign that the tide might be turning against the Wingnuts—Glenn Beck’s TV ratings are down 50 percent and major market radio stations are dropping him.”-thedailybeast.com

"That’s not all—a look at radio ratings shows that hyper-partisan talk has been declining or flat-lining between ‘09 and ‘10, despite the intensity of the election year.”-thedailybeast.com

“Likewise, year-end to year-end comparisons of the crucial 24 to 55 demographic show that Rush declined from 3.7 to 2.6—while his packaged follow-up acts Sean Hannity and Mark Levin narrowly declined and flat-lined, respectively.”-thedailybeast.com

http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2011-02-09/glenn-beck-sean-hannity-ratings-drop-right-wing-talk-is-dying/

Tobie M.
Tobie M.5 years ago

A redneck is a redneck is a redneck, you can't fix stupid. It doesn't matter what clothing they wear, what their job status is or what they look like, they are thugs in sheets, ignorant and arrogant. Stupid is as stupid does.

Frank S.
Frank S.5 years ago

Looks like Glen Beck's house of cards is beginning to show signs of crumbling. This is so sweet, I wonder why he is losing so many advertisers? I guess the right-wing is not endearing itself to mainstream America as they had hoped for. It now, actually looks like most Americans are becoming disgusted with the extreme right! All progressives please find out how you can help shut up Glen beck, and also please spread the word about this website.

Learn more at, http://stopbeck.com/

NYT: 296 Advertisers Exclude Their Commercials From Glenn Beck’s Show

http://stopbeck.com/2010/09/29/nyt-296-advertisers-exclude-their-commercials-from-glenn-becks-show/

Angela S.
Angela S.5 years ago

I don't beleive that this individual should be honored just because we honor others who were not perfectly humane or ethical people, (such as suggested by Kris in terms of Lincoln's bad side) People like Chrisopher Colombus need not be honored either!