NAACP Fights Against KKK’s Commemorative License Plate
The NAACP, the organization that in recent years has taken up such causes as “racist” voice overs in greeting cards, is now spearheading a much less frivolous cause in Mississippi. They are appealing to Governor Haley Barbour to block an attempt by a group of sore losers a Confederacy group to honor a Ku Klux Klan leader with a state-sanctioned license plate.
According to CNN.com, the Sons of Confederate Veterans are campaigning to recognize Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest on a specialty license plate for rather ambiguous reasons, but presumably because everyone in Mississippi has forgotten about white supremacy and was looking for a state-sanctioned reminder.
Forrest was a known leader in the KKK and was involved in the 1864 raid at Fort Pillow, Tennessee, where hundreds of black Union Army members were killed.
The NAACP is not alone on this one; CNN reports some 1,700 Mississippians have joined a Facebook group called Mississippians Against The Commemoration Of Grand Wizard Nathan Forrest.
To add insult to injury, they request a Klan leader’s commemoration during Black History Month. How subtle.