Neo-Confederates Ask Mississippi to Issue KKK License Plate

Commemorating racist terrorism
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Since the election of Barack Obama, the neo-Confederate crowd has been more active than ever, pushing hard to promote a revisionist version of US history that sweeps slavery under the rug and lionizes Southern slavemasters. But the latest initiative from these throwbacks is almost unbelievable: the Sons of Confederate Veterans are proposing that Mississippi issue a license plate commemorating General Nathan Bedford Forrest, the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.

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UPDATE at 2/14/11 11:03:15 am

The NAACP is calling on Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour to denounce this horrible idea.

(CNN) — The Mississippi NAACP has called on Gov. Haley Barbour to publicly denounce an attempt by a Confederacy group to honor a Ku Klux Klan leader, the organization said Monday. …

Mississippi NAACP leaders feel a state-sanctioned license plate honoring a man with ties to the KKK sends the wrong message to people in the state and across the country.

“Any individual who was a traitor to our country and our constitution should be treated as such,” said Derrick Johnson, president of the state NAACP chapter.

Forrest was a “terrorist” whose acts were “immoral and unconstitutional,” Johnson said. He feels that honoring him or anyone who promoted racial hatred or violence would be offensive.

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