This should be a no-brainer for Mississippi legislators and the state’s governor, Haley Barbour, particularly given that that Republican is eying a bid for the White House. As Suzi Parker reports, “The Sons of Confederate Veterans has launched a campaign to issue one of the specialty license plates honoring Confederate Lt. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, who was once the Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.”
Of all the Confederate leaders who should not be honored, Forrest tops the list. He may well have had sound military sense, but he was also responsible for the Massacre at Fort Pillow in April 1864 and, even after the Civil War, continued to treat African Americans as less than human. Given the brouhaha over Governor Barbour’s comments about desegregation in Yazoo City, he would be wise to nix any honors for a man so associated with such a nefarious institution as the Klan.