The Associated Press is reporting that the Mississippi Division of Sons of Confederate Veterans wants to sponsor a series of state-issued license plates to mark the anniversary of the Civil War (or "the War Between States," as the group calls it).
If approved, the first design of 15 designs would feature Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, who was an early leader of the Ku Klux Klan.
Forrest, the AP reports, is revered by some as a military genius and reviled by others for leading the 1864 massacre of black Union troops at Fort Pillow, Tenn. He was a Klan grand wizard in Tennessee after the war. Many say that he distanced himself from the Klan before the end of his life and is therefore not a controversial figure.
State NAACP President Derrick Johnson said that he's not bothered by Civil War commemorative license plates that already exist in abundance in Mississippi. But he said the state shouldn't honor Forrest, who was an early leader of what he calls "a terrorist group."
"He should be viewed in the same light that we view Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden," Johnson said of Forrest. "The state of Mississippi should deny any vanity tags which would highlight racial hatred in this state."
Democratic Rep. Willie Bailey, who handles license-plate requests in the House, said he has no problem with SCV seeking any design it wants. "If they want a tag commemorating veterans of the Confederacy, I don't have a problem with it," said Bailey, who is black. "They have that right. We'll look at it. As long as it's not offensive to anybody, then they have the same rights as anybody else has."
We do you ladies think?
Asked by Anonymous at 9:45 AM on Feb. 16, 2011 in Politics & Current Events
I wouldn't want a license plate with any KKK members on it and I'm white. While the whole idea of racism makes me sick, it doesn't change the fact that it is a part of our past and present. You would think that people would learn but obviously that's not the case. I do think that people have a right to their own opinions but it's just in bad taste to flaunt something that is hurtful and degrading to others.
Answer by how_reb at 9:53 AM on Feb. 16, 2011
Answer by josiesmommy00 at 9:52 AM on Feb. 16, 2011
I don't think it's a problem. I can't imagine many people will choose it but if other groups can offer designs they should be able to as well.
Answer by UpSheRises at 9:49 AM on Feb. 16, 2011
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