Saturday, February 12, 2011

Oh great, Mississipi SCV wants Klan leader License Plates

UPDATE: Mississippi governor and potential Republican presidential candidate Haley Barbour won't denounce this effort.

This is not the first time Confederate general and early KKK leader Nathan Bedford Forrest has appeared on Internal Monologue. Now a group wants Mississipi to make available Nathan Bedford Forrest license plates.

Dear Sons of Confederate Veterans (the group putting this forward): Please don't do this. Please don't ask to do this. This is a really bad idea. How do your black neighbors feel about this? Why would you want to do that to them? Do you know what the KKK means to people? What kind of hatred and murder and terror it perpetrated? Egad, are you trying to justify all the negative stereotypes people have about The South? Are there not plenty of other ways to honor your heritage and your ancestors? Even if you're just trying to piss off people like me, can you do it in a way that doesn't evoke lynchings and lend a patina of approval to racist terror?

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