Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour won't denounce the proposed new Confederate state license plate. The plate would honor Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, who was an early leader of the Ku Klux Klan. Mississippi NAACP president Derrick Johnson said it's "absurd" to honor a "racially divisive figure" such as Forrest. Forrest, a Tennessee native, is revered by some as a military genius and many believe him to be the preeminent cavalry officer of the War Between the States. His legendary tactics and the history of his exploits are still studied by military academics. Sons of the Confederate Veterans member Greg Stewart told the Associated Press last week he believes Forrest distanced himself from the Klan later in life.
In fact, Forrest helped organize the Klan to resist and counter the martial law and the predatory criminal carpetbaggers but that he denounced the violent extremists and actually called for the Klan to be disbanded when he believed it had served it's purpose as a protective political military organization. That NAACP guy cracks me up. Let me see, he is head of the Mississippi NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF COLORED PEOPLE. Doesn't that define divisive separatism? Need anyone say anything further? What a joke. Perhaps some suggested reading for him - he needs to refer to Forrest's biography and accounts of how blacks valiantly fought under his command. Here's a good read - http://www.freeinfosociety.com/article.php?id=184.