In the you-can’t-make-up-this-stuff category: A petition on change.org with some 75,000 signatures is asking a Florida school district to change the name of a high school that is named after Nathan Bedford Forrest, a Confederate general and the first “grand wizard” of the Ku Klux Klan. And, according to Marsha Oliver, chief of communications for the Duval County School District, it doesn’t matter how many people sign the petition because the process for changing a school’s name is community-based and the ultimate decision resides with the school board. The school board was asked by the School Advisory Council in April
Comments: The could name it Black Forrest which would accommodate the black folks, The Ole South folks, and the German folks. Just don´t name it for a Kenyan.
I was born in Camp Forrest , TN when it was where the US Army Air Corps was training WW2 bomber pilots.. When busting chops from hyper pc paper pushers as I am filling out forms for whatever.. Sorta fun to see who recognizes the name.. Don´t you think some day we can just reorganize all this country´s dead people to make them fit our newer ever so smug historical rewriting sensitivities..? Like after death baptisms or rehab?
"I came here with the jeers of some white people, who think that I am doing wrong. I believe I can exert some influence, and do much to assist the people in strengthening fraternal relations, and shall do all in my power to elevate every man to depress none. (Applause.) I want to elevate you to take positions in law offices, in stores, on farms, and wherever you are capable of going. I have not said anything about politics today. I don´t propose to say anything about politics. You have a right to elect whom you please; vote for the man you think best, and I think, when that is done, you and I are freemen. Do as you consider right and honest in electing men for office. I did not come here to make you a long speech, although invited to do so by you. I am not much of a speaker, and my business prevented me from preparing myself. I came to meet you as friends, and welcome you to the white people. I want you to come nearer to us. When I can serve you I will do so. We have but one flag, one country; let us stand together. We may differ in color, but not in sentiment Many things have been said about me which are wrong, and which white and black persons here, who stood by me through the war, can contradict. Go to work, be industrious, live honestly and act truly, and when you are oppressed I´ll come to your relief. I thank you, ladies and gentlemen, for this opportunity you have afforded me to be with you, and to assure you that I am with you in heart and in hand."
Nathan Bedford Forrest, speaking to a group of black southerners advocating racial reconciliation.
I´m with #1. We´ll go broke putting new signs up every 10 feet the length and width of West "Robert C. Byrd" Virginia.
#8: Thanks for posting. Those remarks are far better than we get even today from the Left when describing Constitutional conservatives. More importantly, they´re first-rate standing on their own merit.
I took the time to do a small bit of research before posting. Most things I read said while he was an early member of the KKK, he later distanced himself from it. There is no evidence he was a Grand Cyclops (like Robert Byrd), his grandson, also Nathan Bedford Forrest was a Grand Cyclops, thus the confusion. There are several stories of the massacre at Fort Pillow, with even Union soldiers absolving him. He was a self-made man, uneducated, but a millionaire by the Civil War. He was an incredible leader, and an incredible tactician. I think all people should be taught both sides of the story. Maybe they will think differently.
Thank you, #8! Nathan Bedford Forrest was not the evil entity that many make him out to be. You have to understand the chaos and turmoil that was the South in the aftermath of the (un)Civil War. He was doing his best to make things better. #9 and #10 are also correct.
Forrest left the KKK after a few months stating that it was the biggest mistake he´d eve made. He further stated that no American should be judged by the color of his skin but rather what he can do, the first prominent Confederate to do so.
Nathan Bedford Forrest was the only military leader of significance in the War of Northern Aggression who never made a mistake in battle. His record was perfect. He was the best leader they had. Even Stonewall Jackson and R.E. Lee can´t claim zero errors.
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Old Army Vet, 9/12/2013 11:32:36 PM (No. 9518674)
If Nathan Bedford Forest is such a racist then why does Tenn. have a Nathan Bedford Forest Day each year. Why didn´t Algore change that when he was a Senator from Tennessee. What do you have to say about that you leftie nitwits. By the way, all of those southern racist swing were democrats.
As was pointed out, Forest was not the founder of the KKK nor was he Grand Cyclops or whatever - in fact most of what you may have read about Forest, including Fort Pillow massacre, is false. He was a Confederate general and quite a military tactician but that´s it.
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