Mississippi License Plate Proposed to Honor KKK Leader
The Mississippi Division of Sons of Confederate Veterans wants to sponsor a series of state-issued license plates to mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.
In 2014, one of the designs proposed is set to honor Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, who happened to be an early leader of the Ku Klux Klan.
Forrest led the 1864 massacre of Black Union troops at Fort Pillow, Tennessee and was a Klan grand wizard after the war.
However, he was called a military genius, and a Christian that distanced himself from the hate group in his later years.
Sons of Confederate Veterans member Greg Stewart stated, "If Christian redemption means anything — and we all want redemption, I think — he redeemed himself in his own time, in his own actions, in his own words."
According to the Associated Press, NAACP president Derrick Johnson was told about the Forrest plate and responded, "Seriously?...Wow."