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Mississippi group proposes license plate to honor KKK leader

By Eric W. Dolan
Thursday, February 10, 2011 14:47 EDT
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African-American leaders have reacted with shock at a plan to feature an early Ku Klux Klan leader on Mississippi license plates.

The proposal by the Mississippi Division of Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) asked that the state issue a series of license plates between now and 2015 to honor the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

A 2014 plate would feature Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, who became an important leader of the Klan after the war.

Forrest was most known for directing a massacre of black Union soldiers who had already laid down their arms at Fort Pillow in April 1864.

“It is in connection with one of the most atrocious and cold-blooded massacres that ever disgraced civilized warfare that his name will for ever be inseparably associated,” according to an obituary published in The New York Times at his death in 1877.

“The garrison was seized with a panic: the men threw down their arms and sought safety in flight toward the river, in the neighboring ravine, behind logs, bushes, trees, and in fact everywhere where there was a chance for concealment. It was in vain. The captured fort and its vicinity became a human shambles.”

“The news of the massacre aroused the whole country to a paroxysm of horror and fury,” the Times added.

Following the war, Forrest worked to bring disparate Klan groups under a centralized authority. He was eventually elected Grand Wizard.

“Forrest probably did not object to the violence, per se, as a means of restoring the pre-war hierarchy, but as a military man, he deplored the lack of discipline and structure that defined the growing KKK,” according to a biography by PBS’ Antiques Roadshow.

“I am not an enemy of the negro,” Forrest was quoted as saying. “We want him here among us; he is the only laboring class we have.”

NAACP president Derrick Johnson reacted with surprise when first told about SCV plans to honor Forrest.

“Seriously?” he said. “Wow.”

A Facebook page titled “Mississippians Against The Commemoration Of Grand Wizard Nathan Forrest” had 820 members at the time of publication.

“We are united in sending a message to the state government of Mississippi that WE WILL NOT STAND for the public glorification of one of the original leaders of the Ku Klux Klan,” the page said.

Robert McElvaine, director of the history department at the private Millsaps College in Jackson and a member of the Facebook group, told The Associated Press that Forrest should should not be honored due to his role in the massacre.

“The idea of celebrating such a person, whatever his accomplishments in other areas may have been, seems like a very poor idea,” he said.

Celebrating Forrest is not something that is unprecedented in the South. In 1998, a statue was erected of the Civil War leader in Nashville, Tennessee.

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
 
 
 
 
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  • Anonymous

    To the People of Mississippi please flush the toilet we want the Sons of Confederate Veterans to starve to death.

  • Ratzo

    My post-slavery PTSD would be flaring up, all over the place, in the South. It’s bad enough we have Slave-owners on our money. At some point, these dead sons and daughters who supported the Confederacy should be labeled as the Treasoners they were. Do we honour WWII Nazis or the Japanese?

  • TheDevilCanDance

    Why not?, I despise these racist dirt-bags but within the field of absurdity and filth the standards have already been set,since we have war criminals like Bush,Cheney & Obama walking around in total impunity

  • Anonymous

    They wish to commemorate a period of shame by honoring the most shameful. Perfect logic.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/BATQTRSD53GBBRKC2ZELNTTE5I Hardy

    Good! Now, let’s get plates honoring the Deacons for Defense! They could have crossed shotguns, like we used to run the Ku Klux Krossdressers outta Lyons County! “Tell the whole truth!

  • godistwaddle

    Another reason I NEVER spend money in Mississippi or Alabama, and only spend money in the liberal pockets of other southern states. Shoulda let the jerks secede in 1851.

  • Guest

    Wouldn’t it be nice if Bush, Cheney, et. al. were MAKING those license plates–if you get my drift.

  • Anonymous

    Ok, HOW is this a good idea on ANY level?
    I don’t care what the guy did during the treasonous Civil War, to be honest he was just as complicit in sedition as any other Southerner who participated in the war.
    Try to make him a hero all you like the fact remains that he was a KLAN leader!!!!!!!! Which = You don’t get to be honored by the tax paying public because I have news for you not EVERYBODY who pays taxes in Mississippi wants to see your racist, seditionist likeness glancing back at them as they travel the roads of the state.

  • TheDevilCanDance

    I was about to make a politically incorrect joke about a racist KKK license plate, with
    the International Court of Justice emblem, a noose & the pictures of Bush-Cheney-Obama

  • Anonymous

    Can we just airlift all the black people out of Mississippi and build a giant wall around the place?

  • Anonymous

    Christians Conservatives fully support this.

  • Anonymous

    FORREST GUMP you have to laugh it’s just to funny and thanks to Tom Hanks this guy is a joke.

  • Anonymous

    I never can understand why these people feel they need to celebrate their status as losers.

  • Sarcasmlost

    yea, because the thousands of kids on both side that pick up a gun b/c they’re told to are “seditionist” or “racist” or “more noble” or “enlightened”.

    It was yet another war for vested interests, fought and killed for, by and for the 10% who had the deepest financial stake. Only this time, it was the planter class who started, and aided by their shipping cronies in NE. Second largest slave port at the start of the Civil War? New York.

    Same old, same old. False dichotomy

  • Sarcasmlost

    BTW: This says nothing about Forrest, who was a raging psychopath and Klan leader. The SCV have jumped the shark on this.

    I was more addressing addressing your ad hominem.

  • Anonymous

    Any celebration of The War of Southern Treason is objectionable. To honor one of the most dishonorable characters in that war is blasphemy.

  • https://twitter.com/DrMatthew Dr. Matt

    The Confederacy is anti-Americanism. The confederate terrorists rejected America and wanted their own country.

  • Guest

    This is what happens when siblings have sex..

  • Anonymous

    Lynch NBF!!!!

  • Monkei

    Am I the only one who is not surprised by this. I am still trying to figure out why these “americans” living in the south can still fly confederate flags … they are/were nothing less than traitors.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PSKROFVS7E4PVTI2CEPLFWEJII John

    Damn Republicans!!!

  • Guest

    Speaking as one born and who lives in Mississippi, many people here adore N.B. Forest. He is almost worshipped by some (not me). As an aside, our town had a monument erected by the Sons of Confederate Veterans. A civil rights group demanded a monument right next to it that honored Union soldiers. It was bitterly fought but ultimately the new monument was put in place. The funny thing is the confederate one says ‘they sons of valor, and native to the soil’. They weren’t native to the soil, they were the sons of European immigrants. There are a few progressive folks down here but not many. I keep my mouth shut mostly, except here on RAW :^) I am saddened by the ignorance of history and slavish obedience to conservatism and religion here. The people have many good qualities, but there is a vocal minority that are just rabid about Obama and race in general.
    Anyone in Canada want to trade houses? The weather is nice here.

  • Anonymous

    Nathan Bedford Forrest may well be the worst American in the history of this country.

    He was a slave trader and cotton planter prior to the war and then was the Confederate general that ordered the massacre of black Union troops at Fort Pillow in Tennessee. After the war, he was active in the worst terrorist organization in American history, the KKK, serving as the Grand Wizard.

    If anybody in the history of the country has deserved to stand in front of a firing squad, it was Nathan Bedford Forrest.

  • Anonymous

    OK, let the Klan have their license plate…

    … in exchange for putting the faces of Son House, Robert Johnson, Elmore James, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker and Howlin’ Wolf on the State Flag.

    One group, the Klan, contributed nothing and the other group contributed EVERYTHING.

  • Anonymous

    This is so typical of racist scum trash…I just don’t understand why the South is infested with such backwards-thinking vermin who worship traitors like Forrest. I mean the Civil War ended a long fucking time ago and you stupid bitches LOST!!! Fucking get over it already and take your racist bullshit and shove it! —> RACISM is UNPATRIOTIC and UN-AMERICAN <—

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Zentrails/100001475536421 Bob Zentrails

    I lived in Mississippi for four years in grad school.

    I have no plans to go back. LOL

  • Anonymous

    But . . but . . . THEY call it the War of Northern Agression . . . and everybody knows those redneck redstaters don’t lie . . .

  • Anonymous

    I think it was possible for some Southerners to have acted in good faith during the Civil War. There were folks still alive who had been Virginians BEFORE there was a United States, and it was possible to have chosen to fight for the South honorably, Robert E Lee or Longstreet . . . but Forrest was a psychopath, like Quantrill.

  • Anonymous

    To honor a seditionist and a slave owner and war criminal and a domestic terrorists all on one plate. No wonder people don’t understand the US.

  • Robert Shaftoe

    I can’t think of a better way to track Klan members. Please, LET THEM DO IT!

    Let’s see which of Mississippi’s politicians will be the first to pull up to their capitol building with one of these plates, for all the world to see.

    I fully support their desire to out themselves once and for all. In fact, they should be REQUIRED to have these on their vehicles.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/HISQFQ4AGC6OW77MXASZH4A4QI dchoubak

    Not a bad idea at all.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/HISQFQ4AGC6OW77MXASZH4A4QI dchoubak

    We have ample space up here for you without having to trade lives. The US south is already a lost cause, better abandon ship before it takes you down with it.

  • Gert B Frobe

    This would be like Japan and Germany celebrating Hitler and the fact they lost the war. Who does that. We sure don’t talk much about our “victory” in Vietnam.

  • Anonymous

    This may be an idea whose time has come. Why not let these rabid rebel Southern secessionist scum parade themselves around in public as if their ideology is accepted. Just yesterday Ron Paul had one of their staunch supporters testifying before Congress as if he was an accepted member of society. Turns out the secessionist Thomas DiLorenzo was a featured speaker before the “Ron Paul is GOD” subcommittee hearing yesterday.

    If DiLorenzo is good enough teach at a Jesuit University and to come out long enough to testify before a Congressional subcommittee, he should be allowed to sport his own secessionist vanity license plate!

    Why should these ignoramuses be treated like second class citizens just because they are ignoramuses. Apparently, being stupefyingly ignorant is becoming acceptable even fashionable!

  • DesertSun59

    Remember, Haley Barbour is on the docket to run for the GOP nomination. I suggest you take this issue up with him.

  • Anonymous

    I bet all the supporters of this asinine proposal are republicans. Everyone knows they are and the average republican voter agrees w/them 100% even if they won’t admit it. They know it’s wrong, yet can’t give it up. Shame on them!

  • Anonymous

    Ahhh but there you would be wrong, the largest port for slaves was in fact Charleston, SC and also by the time the Civil War began slavery was outlawed in the north.
    The port of Charleston was perfect as it was close to the Caribbean to bring slaves from Haiti, the Dominican Republic and was a shorter distance than sailing all the way up into NY harbor.
    No matter how honorable they felt their cause was the fact remains that they were trying to secede and were in fact committing sedition, no way to glam it up or make it any better than what it was plain and simple.

  • Anonymous

    The men who joined the Confederate Army were traitors. “Treason against the United States, shall consist only levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.” US Constitution, Article 3, section 3.

    And some cross-eyed inbreds in Mississippi want a license plate to be issued to “honor” one of these gutless traitors … and one who massacred unarmed men?

    = typical conservative move

  • Anonymous

    Why are we shocked? Neither time nor space can change the nature of a DEVIL. These
    (people ?) are evil to the fucking core!

  • Anonymous

    Q: How do you spell, “Mississippi?”
    A: Beats the hell out of me, but I’m pretty sure it has 3 K’s.

  • Anonymous

    How about a plate for Malcolm X, too?

  • Anonymous

    Who cares! This country has long ago gone to the dogs. Looks like we’re not number one at anything anymore. We’re no longer even the fattest nation, we just got beat out by Kuwait!.

  • Anonymous

    That’s because you think rationally, they don’t believe they lost. Any group that speaks of Jefferson Davis today as “our President” in the present tense is out of the fucking minds.

  • Anonymous

    Why am I not surprised? The US is going backwards at giant steps. Pretty soon, men will be wearing loin clothes and dragging the women by the hair on the streets while the church – instead of the government – tortures people of being witches and heathens.

  • Anonymous

    I think this is a GREAT idea! Then people will know which cars to key!

  • Jaimie11

    My sentiment exactly. Let them expose themselves – then we are forewarned.

  • Anonymous

    My great-great grandpappy was a confederate soldier, which makes me eligible for membership in the SCV. I wouldn’t join that bunch of secessionist assholes with a gun to my head. A friend of mine recently got called a “nigger-lover” at an SCV meeting, and told them to go fuck themselves. These people are slime, and truly want another civil war. Many others do, too, and must be taken seriously, given the popularity of secession brought us by Mama Drizzly and the teagaggers.

  • Anonymous

    Red Staters with sh*t for brains.

  • Anonymous

    “Mississippi”…. nuff said.

  • Robert Shaftoe

    Then put coupons on their windshields for a free paid trip to Atlanta. :)

  • Anonymous

    FOX News: #1 in Mississippi, now and forever.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TTCYMSQW7E5EVBYYMS2YSNCSAM Anonymous

    I’m horrified. All I can say is, if they allow the plates, such bearers of cruelty and suffering will be that much easier to spot.

  • Anonymous

    Isn’t he the one Forrest Gump is named after?

  • Anonymous

    I guess people have a hard time moving away from their racists ways. For some people racism pours out of their sweat glands.

  • Anonymous

    WTF!!!!!!! What is wrong with the damn southerners!!!!! The Civil war is over! You lost! Get freakin over it! Slavery wasn’t a good thing and neither was the KKK you brain dead ignoramuses! The reason why the rich white land owners had slaves is because they were too damn lazy to do the work themselves and to damn cheap to pay people a salary! And You now are too damn stupid to live in this world! This is the 21st Century! Why don’t you get out of the bitter barn and play in today’s world????!!!! You stupid asses!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Treasoners all.

  • Anonymous

    If I remember, the food stamp program was passed during the LBJ administration, but went into effect during the Nixon admin.

    A program that was going to mostly help blacks used documents with pictures of slave owners on them. Classy, Dick.

  • Anonymous

    To see the true depth of the neoconfederate idiocy, Google “i-65 flag”.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/RepublicConstitution?feature=mhum TruthRegimes

    Mississippi always seems to lag about 75 years behind the rest of the nation.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/RepublicConstitution?feature=mhum TruthRegimes

    One on one, Mississippi can beat Kuwait in that one, lol.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/RepublicConstitution?feature=mhum TruthRegimes

    I would get the Malcolm X plate.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/RepublicConstitution?feature=mhum TruthRegimes

    Which is very ironic since Lincoln was a Republican.

  • Anonymous

    One better: prison inmates make bottoms for rest area restrooms that have his face on them.

  • Anonymous

    This has no legs. No way such a crazy idea will pass.

  • Anonymous

    More Ironic, Thomas Dilorenzo, Ron Paul’s star “end the Fed” witness is also a Lincoln expert as part of his work with the secessionist group “The League of the South” and as an expert on Lincoln he has written two books revising the history or what he calls the deification of Lincoln. They are really from what I can tell after listening to him talk about them for an hour yesterday mothing more than the South’s hatred for Lincoln written as history. They are:

    “The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War” which from the title means to claim as I did the other day that the South was on the verge of giving up its slaves voluntarily just before they were forced to begin firing on the Union troops at Fort Sumter. This is actually a position held by many in the South.

    “Lincoln Unmasked: What You’re Not Supposed to Know About Dishonest Abe”
    And what good old boy Southern secessionist historian could refrain from a “secret” history of Lincoln.

    An then the book that must have really first attracted the attention of Ron Paul and is no doubt just crammed full of important information on the evils of Alexander Hamiltion–the man who is widely father of commercial America, and whose early vision helped create the foundation for early American business enterprise.

    “Hamilton’s Curse: How Jefferson’s Arch Enemy Betrayed the American Revolution–and What It Means for Americans Today”

    I guess this makes sense if you believe that the American Revolution was all about yeoman farmers and hd nothing to do with the fact that the British held the colonies in a veritable market slavery in which the colonies supplied the raw materials and produce and the British supplied all the manufactured goods. Indeed Americans were prevented by law from manufacturing any item that was manufactured in Britain. Sort of the way it currently is with China I think!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXTnYCg8v8o Bamboo_Harvester

    don’t be so sure this is Amerikkka

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXTnYCg8v8o Bamboo_Harvester

    In some parts of mississippi they still have slaves.

  • Anonymous

    we really should have just let them secede.. can you imagine the wonderful world we would live in today if we had? no stupid southern congressmen blocking up the system like a wad of cheese in your intestine? we wouldnt have to worry about their crap education system.. all the black people would eventually have abandoned them completely for the real america..

    only problem is.. where would all those drunk college kids go for spring break?
    and i guess Disney world wouldnt be quite the same…

    edit.. secede =/= succeed. lol

  • Anonymous

    These outrageous proposals — and there are more of them every day in many states — are part of a shrewd agitation-and-propaganda campaign by the far right. The strategy is to get people to ignore the standard parameters of decency and lawfulness so the right, with all its white supremacists, religious extremists and knuckle-dragging capitalists, can dismantle our society as we know it. They would prefer a state that would closely resemble Hitler’s Nazi government, and they are making good progress, especially in the South and West. They especially enjoy imposing fundamentalist religion on government, whether it’s by calling for prayer at school functions, driving women’s clinics out of business because they provide abortions or inscribing religious symbols or language on public facilities. It’s all part of the dumbing down of America, and it’s the stuff fascism is made of.

  • Anonymous

    and this surprises anyone after the way they’ve acted since President Obama got the most votes in 2008 without a Supreme Court intervention? Gov Haley for Prez in 2012, no – Haley & Sarah!

  • cannotvote

    Post the individual names of these deviants and let them be accountable to the Public at large!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1046573071 Matt Mosley

    Is it April 1st already? Man 2001 is flying by.

  • talis

    Then I want plates in the northern states that honor the victory over the ignorant bigoted south.

  • Anonymous

    Fair enough.
    Considering that most white males in Mississippi probably make license plates in the federal penitentiary, they think about these issues more often than your average guy.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L6IQCUTWDBLXBUEXG46G6HYKQU R

    Nope. WE are the government. Indeed, if it came right down to it, I’d re-up into the Marines just to be able to take down as many treasonous, treacherous greybacks as I could. Confederates are absolute poison to civil society, and should have been stamped out like the cockroaches they are/were right after the Civil War. We allowed them to prosper, and now they are coming back like zombies to destroy civil society…

  • Anonymous

    Yes, Yes the south is very honorable, the Confederate flag is a symbol of pride not racism. Why, this honorable man, who tried to stop this horrible slaughter has been slandered, slandered I say. (you can read this in the voice of Foghorn Leghorn if you like) And then this honorable man went on to found this honorable public organization, the KKK. Your made up version of reality doesn’t really have a place here. Let the truth stand, not try to tear it down with: ” If this would have happen he would have been hung after the war. He tried to stop them.” It’s in his obituary in the times, he founded the KKK, you really can’t be this unaware of what that means. I assume by your awkward grammar and support for this guy you are young and from the south, no matter what you say in the beginning. Most of what you believe to be the truth is just propaganda controlling your world view. “It was a totally different world they lived in” one in which a genocidal, racist General would be honored. Ooh, not that different I guess. These racists still want to honor him today.

  • Guest

    They still want their own country:

    http://dixienet.org/rights/index.shtml

  • Anonymous

    As a former Floridian I wish to note Florida did not secede and would hopefully be it’s own country (as it is in some ways now). It was always the preferred destination for northerners sold swampland by slick southern hucksters.
    Disney’s Tommrowland may be a little strange if it was part of the south, it would now be called Backwardland and recreate antediluvian plantation life complete with slaves.

  • Anonymous

    I blame McDonalds, we’d still have the title if they still had the McRib.

  • Anonymous

    The Sothrons were emasculated by the War of the Rebellion. In 1939 we sang “John Brown’s Body” at Assembly. I was born on Sheridan Square in Manhattan. I went to Seward Park High School where we studied the short lived Reconstruction. Grant’s Tomb was right by the Hudson. I played in Carl Schutz Park. My heroes of GWTW were Belle Watling, an oh so delicate flower of Ante Bellum South and the Yankee Major: the only character in the film who seemed to have showered!

    We left Assembly to the strains of “Marching through Georgia>” Uuzzah! Huzzah!.

  • Anonymous

    Kudos to you sir.

  • Anonymous

    I suspect this has more to do with the rewrite of history and the blurring of facts than actually wanting to drive around with the plate. “See, he has a license plate honoring him. All that other talk is just Yankee lies” It’s what fox and Limbo do constantly to create a mental space for misinformation and lies to take hold.

  • samhoustonTX

    As governor of MississiKKKi, he get to chose his special KKK licence number.

  • Anonymous

    You lost Smucks, get over it

    http://pavlovianobeisance.com/LICENSE.htm

    Two can play this game!

  • http://twitter.com/PeterNoTail Peter No Tail

    C’mon, Mississippi! It’s bad enough we’ve named a county after him, do we really need to go that extra mile to show the nation we’re as backwards as many think?

    And why now? Arizona in recent years has given Mississippi a serious run at the Most Racist State in the Union title, and I say we let Arizona have it; we might even get another Public Enemy song out of it.

  • Anonymous

    Tell me in 2011 America, it ain’t so!!

  • Anonymous

    It’s friday, america drinks and goes home.

  • Anonymous

    I moved! And the heart land of Russia is very nice. Free medical, clean food grown locally, no mass shootings, AND about a thousand dollars a month income is a very large income here!
    want me to start looking for a nice house in a rural area?????

  • http://nike2422.livejournal.com/ hoi_polloi

    MI IS MICHIGAN! Not Mississippi! MS is Mississippi. Our KKK leaders are still in the closet here.

  • dk504

    I know I thought the same thing. Then I read the headline, Haley Barbour is such an asshole.

  • Anonymous

    And to think that such stalwart citizens as make up the “Sons of Confederate Veterans” enjoy their Constitutionally-protected right to push for a license plate honoring one of their secessionist traitor “heroes” who founded a domestic terrorist group -the Klu Klux Klan- thanks to the sacrifices of literally hundreds of thousands of Americans of color who have served with honor in our nation’s Armed Forces since the revolution , but more specifically since their “hero” Nathan Bedford Forrest and his fellow secessionist traitors and their degenerate “cause” of enslaving other human beings for no excuse save the color of their skin were rightly and thoroughly defeated.

    The troopers of the 9th and 10th US Cavalry served under at times grueling conditions with stoic resolve and fought with honor protecting our borders from the incursions of the likes of Pancho Villa so such “upright citizens” as make up the “Sons of Confederate Veterans” can demand their “hero” a secessionist traitor and the perpetrator of the Ft. Pillow Massacre can be immortalized on a license plate in Mississippi.

    The doughboys of the 371st and 372nd “Red Hands” and their brethren of the 369th “Harlem Hell Fighters” endured the nightmare of blood, mud, and slaughter of the Western Front during the Great War, fought like lions and earned numerous individual awards for valor and each a regimental Croix de Guerre just so these fine citizens who make up the membership of the “Sons of Confederate Veterans” can lionize the likes of a man who betrayed his country to side with the cause of slavery and slave owners with a commemorative license plate.

    I have met members of the 332nd Fighter Group who flew combat missions over occupied Europe and Germany risking their lives protecting the white American airmen flying B-17s and B-24s time and again, risking their lives in vicious dogfights with the Nazi Luftwaffe covering their fellow Americans so they could complete their missions. I thanked those men when I was so honored and privileged to have met them for their service to our country. I wonder what they would have thought about the “Sons of Confederate Veterans” wanting to honor the likes of Nathan Bedford Forrest.

    I have met American veterans of African, Asian, and Hispanic descent aplenty and even been privileged to call some of them friends. Veterans of the Korean War, of Vietnam, of police actions and “incidents ” such as Beirut and Iraq I & II, Afghanistan, and more.

    I cannot help but think of all of these fine men and women who have sacrificed so much -some even giving their lives- just so the “Sons of Confederate Veterans” can proclaim their love and admiration for a despicable traitor who rebelled against his country to defend the “right” of a few to enslave thousands for no other excuse than the color of their skin.

    God pity such fools as make up the “Sons of Confederate Veterans.”

    Leland R. Erickson

    Citizen

    Proud Son of a WW2 US Marine

  • Anonymous

    Jesus, will the ignoramus who put up the RAW headline smearing the fine State of Michigan (MI) kindly figure out that Mississippi, the place with all of those esses, and apparently asses as well, is abbreviated MS? Thanks in advance.

  • Anonymous

    If there is any doubt in anyones mind that RACISM IS ALIVE in the United States of America this article should dispel that foolish notion!!What a bunch of worthless bastards

  • Anonymous

    The 332nd Fighter Group NEVER lost a bomber to German fighter planes that they escorted.The people of Mississippi are as ignorant as the back of my balls!!!

  • Anonymous

    MI is Michigan N O T Mississippi MS ……………………….

  • Anonymous

    There is a lot of in breeding in Mississippi(AKA KKKLAND)an example could be boss hog himself,Haley Barbour

  • Anonymous

    Ratzo,you asked a question,”do we honor the nazis or japanese”that almost destroyed the world?The answer would be an unequivocal YES.Remember our great REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT RONNIE REAGAN.We have an aircraft carrier bearing his name,an airport bearing his name,and now there is even a push to remove U.S. Grant from the fifty dollar bill and replace him with good old Ronnie.By the way do you remember Ronnies trip to Bitburg,Germany where proceeded to lay a wreath at the foot of a memorial honoring nazi storm troopers that died in World War Two.What a joke this country has become!!!

  • Anonymous

    ???? i don’t get it????

    ?BREEDING WITH A HOG?

    NOW WHO WOULD DO THAT?

  • Anonymous

    thanks for the correction

  • AnzaSummer

    You forgot to mention the push to change the name of the Coronado Bay Bridge in San Diego to the (I’m trying not to get sick here) Ronald Reagan Bridge.

  • Anonymous

    Yes ALL AMERICANS LETS NOT ONLY CELEBRATE THE WAR OF HUMAN BONDAGE
    FROM 150 YEARS AGO …………….BUT WE CAN DO IT WITH TODAY’S VERSION…
    HAIL TO THE BUSH AND THE DICK

  • Anonymous

    “You must be black.” And you are a racist. Your facts about “black crime” show how little you know about racism in America. You are not entitled to a separate set of “facts”, just because believing something makes you feel better doesn’t make it true. War crimes linked with genocide. don’t help your point. Nathan Bedford Forest was a war criminal, racist and grand dragon of a racist group, the KKK. Unless you have some correction, deal with it. The abolitionists prior to the civil war were a noble group and if you think “Uncle Ben” helping to end slavery in the last place it existed in the civilized world wasn’t worthwhile I don’t know what to tell you.

  • Anonymous

    Paul is a mental featherweight. When I saw him explaining that mining companies would keep their mines safe because otherwise they couldn’t get workers I realized he wouldn’t understand the real world, ever. He is so trapped in his Libetarian bubble he’s not even familiar with the concept of asymmetrical information.

  • Anonymous

    Obviously I did not:

    http://www.05news.com/william-calley-7418/

    Re-read my post in its entirety and put it in the appropriate context of the story I am commenting on, and then get back to us all after you’ve had some time to actually think about what it is you’re commenting on before you even touch your keyboard, citizen.

    Leland R. Erickson

    Citizen

  • Anonymous

    Unfortunately, that is probably a myth, and even their CO Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. stated clearly he wasn’t comfortable with that assertion. That said, the record of the 332nd Fighter Group was indeed exemplary, and the all-white bomber crews did in fact ask for them by name as a matter of course once word got around that the Tuskegee Airmen didn’t abandon their charges to go hotdogging after a kill score and leave the bombers hanging unprotected as the all-white fighter units did as a matter of all-too-frequent habit. AFAIK they had the lowest loss rate of bombers under their care than the other all-white fighter units in the same command who flew the same number and types of missions against active Luftwaffe defenses.

    The discipline of these American airmen of the 332nd as well as their combat skills were simply made of steel.

    I for one count myself lucky and honored to have lived to shake the hands of as many 332nd vets as I have, and thanked them all for their service to our country.

    Personally, if the people of Mississippi don’t raise holy hell about this travesty, then they’re proving your assertion about their collective ignorance all too thoroughly and well.

    Leland R. Erickson

    Citizen

  • Anonymous

    Haley Barbour.

    Yeeeach.

    Leland R. Erickson

    Citizen

  • Anonymous

    So you really are just a racist and will never learn anything new. What does this have to do with anything in this discussion except you now like Nathan Bedford Forest and think he did the world a favor by killing blacks? The truth is your story about your “uncle” is a lie. You are a southerner trying to feel better about a heritage of hatred and genocide.

  • Anonymous

    You are right of course, no one has ever committed a crime and gotten away with it.

  • Anonymous

    I am sure- no doubts.

  • Anonymous

    I guess Mississippi would then also have no objections to license plates honoring Malcolm X or Eldridge Cleaver?

    (Although compared to Forrest, those two were more docile than Martin Luther King).

  • Anonymous

    God damned redneckkked Nazis from the pits of Hell. These are truly Satan’s Neanderthals! Fuck all the inbred bastards!

  • Anonymous

    Wow, I had no idea how great the klan was. The heritage of terror, racism, and ignorance that was their history for the twentieth century must have made the klans founders furious. How dare someone besmirch their good name by turning what was so good, evil. You are in some bizarre fantasy land, live a little, stop getting your facts from the internet and stop believing total bullshit.

  • Anonymous

    South didnt start the war…the north invaded the south. not the south invaded the north. Gen Grant kept his slaves through the war. Hell grants family didnt get rid of slaves till usa adopted 14 th adm. Abrahan Lincoln wa the biggest hypocrit of all.. He let grant keep his slaves. While helet sherman burn down civivlians homes..Wonder if those against pres bush ,feel burning civilians homes and plantations wasnt being a war criminal

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