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- 2472 days ago - theweek.com
A Confederate group wants to honor a notorious Klan leader on special state license plates. Shockingly, not everyone is pleased



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Jeannette A (137)
Tuesday February 15, 2011, 11:54 am
How truly disgusting! But it goes along with what I keep running into in this state............. IF this gets passed, I'm hoping that the more sane people in this state target those who actually purchase the plates for an attitude adjustment (no violence intended).
 

Kate A (10)
Tuesday February 15, 2011, 12:43 pm
Perfect example of stupidity! This is disgraceful
 

Amy Collins (42)
Tuesday February 15, 2011, 1:59 pm
O good grief! I cant believe they couldnt come up with someone better to honor on the license plate... Dang surely they coulda came up with SOMEBODY ELSE. Im tolerant of people but common sense tells you if your honoring someone that they shoulda been really great. ugh.
 

Anne C (8)
Tuesday February 15, 2011, 4:03 pm
OH WELL, THE KLUKERS WILL HAVE SHEETS ON THIER LICENSE PLATES. LOL!!!!!!
 

Carol H (229)
Tuesday February 15, 2011, 4:46 pm
noted, thanks Cal
 

Michael Carney (218)
Tuesday February 15, 2011, 6:42 pm
What an absolute disgrace...No wonder Mississippi cannot escape it's racist past...
 

Peggy Peters (29)
Tuesday February 15, 2011, 7:51 pm
Whether we like it or not, slavery and KluKluxKlan existed in our history. I don't personally reccommend flaunting such flaggrent display of violance and predujice. In the 21st century we need to work together as one or we will never survive as a species!!!
After all how can we save living creatures if we can't even save ourselves??
 

Cristina M (137)
Tuesday February 15, 2011, 8:11 pm
These people can't realize this is the XXI century and the crazy days of the KKK should be left behind along with the shameful past of racism and murder! Quite a disgrace.
 

Brittany D (28)
Wednesday February 16, 2011, 8:51 am
This is horrible.
 

Cyrille D (137)
Wednesday February 16, 2011, 9:03 am
"Forgive them, they don't know what they're doing...". Noted.
 

Laury E (0)
Wednesday February 16, 2011, 9:19 am
Who's next Charles Manson?????????
 

Kate A (10)
Wednesday February 16, 2011, 9:28 am
Mississppi is rich in history, couldn't they think of anyone else?
 

Robert O (12)
Wednesday February 16, 2011, 9:29 am
They're probably also supporters of the Tea-Party.
 

Robert Tomlinson (62)
Wednesday February 16, 2011, 9:31 am
Just when some thought things could not get crazier.
 

. (0)
Wednesday February 16, 2011, 9:49 am
Just can't wrap my mind around the idea that discrimination and hatred are still happening ...
 

Deborah B (73)
Wednesday February 16, 2011, 10:01 am
I saw Anderson Cooper do an interview with one of these guys who is pushing for the license plate 'tribute' last night and he was a total jerk - rolling his eyes and making faces as the African-American professor from Princeton was explaining why this is so wrong. I am absolutely appalled at seeing the horrific racism that is screaming and showing its ugly tail ever since President Obama took office. And everyone is always chanting how this is the best country in the whole,wide world. Well, I disagree as I see such shameful behavior. I saw Governor Haley Barbour say on TV that this license plate will never be. That better be so, especially since he has expressed consideration for running for president. Yes, that is all a part of our history, but it has no place to be honored. Thanks for posting this, Cal.
 

Sandra D (7)
Wednesday February 16, 2011, 10:16 am
Cannot believe this....are we in 2011?????
 

Mike M (43)
Wednesday February 16, 2011, 10:27 am
It is sad to see one's country fail
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday February 16, 2011, 11:13 am
Let the Governor of Mississippi know what you think about putting white supremacist and domestic terrorist, Nathan Bedford Forrest, on Mississippi's license plates. To reach the governor's office,
call: #1-877-405-0733
email: governor@governor.state.ms.us
fax: #1-601-359-3741
Mail to:
Governor Haley Barbour
P.O. Box 139
Jackson, Mississippi 39205

Interested parties may also communicate their opinions of this hateful license plate with WAPT, a local TV station in Jackson, the capital of MS.
Mail:
General Manager
7616 Channel 16 Way
Jackson, MS 39209-9634
Phone: (601)922-1607
Email communications can be sent via the page: http://www.wapt.com/contact/index.html

You can also submit a letter to the editor of Jackson, MS's newspaper, The Clarion Ledger by clicking the link in the Talk Back box and using the window that appears subsequently @
http://www.clarionledger.com/opinion

Be sure to vote on the poll question at the Clarion-Ledger, "Should the state issue car tags honoring Gen. Nathan B. Forrest?"

The Sons of Confederate Veterans- Mississippi Division is the group that is pushing the idea of this "commemorative" license plate honoring the Confederate terrorist, Bedford. They apparently aren't brave enough to post any contact information. If anyone has any better luck finding an email address, post it. That way good people in this country can tell these scumbags what they think of this crazy idea.
 

donald Baumgartner (6)
Wednesday February 16, 2011, 12:20 pm
Shame on the Legislatureres for allowing this!!
 

Shannon Hudgens (18)
Wednesday February 16, 2011, 12:30 pm
So wrong...I doubt that it will pass.
 

James h (7)
Wednesday February 16, 2011, 12:39 pm
there is a difference between the suggestive wording of the headline and the facts. one suggests it IS and the truth is some WANT TO. this is one of those things that drives me nuts with Care2. i don't know why so many who submit stories feel the need to take the supermarket tabloid approach.

leave the distortions to Fox News and the RNC.
 

AWAY AWHILE Cal M (1087)
Wednesday February 16, 2011, 12:42 pm
Well Jim--I'm takingthe title as it appears on the source. Please feel free to post your own using non-tabloid approaches--your call when you post something. Leave the sarcasm to the editors!
 

Beth Tatum (95)
Wednesday February 16, 2011, 12:47 pm
Disgraceful.
 

Penelope Ryan (178)
Wednesday February 16, 2011, 1:41 pm
Next we will have serial killerplates....Shows the intelligent level of this kind of small minded idiot!
 

Paul Elder (3)
Wednesday February 16, 2011, 2:09 pm
Idiots
 

James h (7)
Wednesday February 16, 2011, 2:13 pm
Well Cal, I really don't care how you take it or me.
 

Kathlene Lentz (30)
Wednesday February 16, 2011, 2:55 pm
The longer I live, the less surprised I am by those who gain admiration of the sheeple of this country.
 

. (0)
Wednesday February 16, 2011, 3:43 pm
PLEASE, only in the south would you come across this kind of racist garbage.Don't encompass all of America in this stupidity.
 

Alice B (241)
Wednesday February 16, 2011, 3:46 pm
WTF! This is the real USA - disgusting, uber-racist and fascist. :P
 

Barbara V (51)
Wednesday February 16, 2011, 3:49 pm
Whoever came up with this one is stupid, racist, and has a screwy idea about good role models for the south. I find this reprehensible. Surely, there are good people in history down there who would be better qualified to appear on a license. Why on earth pick somebody representing an organization of pure evil?
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Wednesday February 16, 2011, 4:01 pm
Thanks Cal--fascinating comments.
 

Michael M (5)
Wednesday February 16, 2011, 4:06 pm
This is Mississippi! Of course something disgusting and un-American and un-Patriotic would come from the bigots who still can't forget the fact they LOST the Civil War!
 

Eternal G (745)
Wednesday February 16, 2011, 4:22 pm
Karma Karma Karma!
 

Sharon F (0)
Wednesday February 16, 2011, 5:21 pm
What would you expect from Mississippi?? It has been said that it probably wasn't wise to fight the Civil War. Just leave those with Medieval thought processes to their Mississippi stagnation.
 

Tierney G (381)
Wednesday February 16, 2011, 5:21 pm
This country is dispicable! There is nothing united about it!
 

Walter Firth (45)
Wednesday February 16, 2011, 5:34 pm
The K.K.K.stands for all the hatred, bigotry and cruelty that man is capable of.I can't believe that would go ahead. But if it does one good thing ,you will be able to identify the mindless bigots you have left in your society and break their car windows. ,slash tyres, give them a paint job.The mind boggles at the endless possibilities.
 

AWAY AWHILE Cal M (1087)
Wednesday February 16, 2011, 6:08 pm
No one's asking you to care, Jim and i don't either. The feeling is mutual, if you must know.
 

Alicia N (87)
Wednesday February 16, 2011, 7:46 pm
oh boy! LOSERS.
 

Edith B (146)
Wednesday February 16, 2011, 10:03 pm
Thanks for posting, Cal. I really don't think the license plate will ever become a reality. I visit Ms. frequently, and perhaps it is the people I am in contact with there, but I dont believe the majority of the people in that state will want this license plate. There are a few die hards in any situation. Racism is alive and well in more states than those in the south.
 

Ancil S (175)
Wednesday February 16, 2011, 10:52 pm
I live here in Mississippi and can honestly say I'm appalled and ashamed of my home state. I wish my fellow Mississippians would wise up and leave the wretched, racists past behind.
 

Victoria S (19)
Thursday February 17, 2011, 2:13 am
If they want a licence plate commerative of the civil war, surelly they could pick a less controversial figure. :-(
 

Ralph F (68)
Thursday February 17, 2011, 5:10 am
Devolution -- which probably explains why many of the supporters of this concept also find Darwinism repugnant.
 

Edward Palma (15)
Thursday February 17, 2011, 6:54 am
Thanks to the election of the Tea Party coupled with the ultra conservative right wing of the GOP, and surprisingly many who professed to be liberally oriented, racism has been brought to the forefront again in our society. In reality it has been hiding in the weeds waiting to pounce. The hateful political and social environment created in the last election campaign was reinforced by the election of many Tea Party representatives who claim to be the defenders of our constitutional rights. Actually they are nothing more than hypocritical hate mongers bent on overturning Roe vs Wade, weakening our already ridiculous gun control laws, controlling our personal right of dissenting opinion, reinstating segregation, and forcing our society back into a hateful racist social and economic structure. These people and we all know their names, Boehner, Palin, Bachman, Rove, McConnell just to name a few so I don't waste my text, have given creedence to bigotry and racism just by being themselves. The hateful politics and social commentary that spews from them is incendiary and undermining to our society. To have a state like Miss. actually honor a racist bigot who was responsible for the persecution, harassment and murder of people of color is only an example of how we have regressed as a society. It is evidence that racism is alive and well not only in the south but all over the country. When did our society lose its compassion for those less fortunate? When did we allow the hatefulness of bigotry and discrimination, to rise again and overshadow the positive achievements of the civil rights movement? All at the cost of blood shed by many people of color and other supporting races. Abe Lincoln and all that fought to abolish slavery are turning in their graves. We as a society need to protest this despicable representation of hatefulness and bigotry and all that follow it.
 

Janis B (7)
Friday February 18, 2011, 6:07 am
This would be like Germans holding memorials to Naziism. How can this happen. We would never ever travel to Mississippi if this were to happen. It is evil.
 

Charlene Rush (2)
Saturday February 19, 2011, 1:39 pm
Quite frankly, anything that comes out of Mississippi, won't surprise me.
They are still fighting the Civil War, as are most southern states. The problem is, they are fighting with themselves, unless you permit them to engage you in the argument.

Let them make fools of themselves any way, possible. They already are starting to become a laughing stock to any intelligent, rational thinking person. The saddest part of all, they are too foolish to realize how they portray themselves.
(Sorry to all of you good Mississippians. How do you bear it?)
 

Charlene Rush (2)
Saturday February 19, 2011, 1:50 pm
You can never rationalize with a HATE/FEAR monger. There is no common sense, with which to deal. This type of person needs to hate someone, because they hate themself. The Black person is the easiest to hate, due to the obvious skin color difference.

What the racist chooses to forget, is that we all came from the same place, Africa. It's easy to notice, that this is never mentioned.
The other element, with which to be aware, is that racists cannot be Christians, not to the true definition of the word. It's impossible to follow in the footsteps of Christ and be a racist.
 

Lori K (56)
Wednesday February 23, 2011, 8:56 pm
I am SO glad I don't live there! I'm white, but I would still fear for my safety, because I might open my mouth and say something that those racist, homophobic, anti-woman, anti-education, anti-animal rights, anti-environment freaks might disapprove of.

Then they would come after me, too. It's a shame that people like this are allowed to openly express such filth!
 
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