KKK License Plates

Katherine - posted on 02/11/2011 ( 28 moms have responded )

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Specialty license plates have become all the rage across the country, and Mississippi is no exception. For an extra $30 to $50 a year, car owners there can get themselves a plate with a picture of Elvis Presley, a NASCAR design, or even the Confederate battle flag. And soon, Mississippi may be adding a very special state-issued plate to its offerings: one that honors the founder of the KKK.

Let me spell it out for you. That's Ku Klux Klan.

Yup.

Mississippi's Sons of Confederate Veterans recently proposed five new license plate designs to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War (or, War Between the States, as they like to call it). One of the designs features Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest, who reportedly had a brilliant military mind and was instrumental in the Confederate battle against the North.

Look, I grew up in the South and I can almost see putting the guy on a license plate. But the battles Forrest fought still scar the country today (like the Battle at Fort Pillow, in which he led the massacre of black Union army soldiers). The guy was fighting to preserve slavery. And then, of course, there's that little matter of his being the Grand Wizard of the KKK.

Proponents of the plate say that Forrest denounced the Klan later in life, and his brilliant career shouldn't be overlooked just because of a few minor stains on his record. And, hey, it's all for a good cause. The Sons of Confederate Veterans wants to use the proceeds from sales of the specialty license plates to restore old Confederate flags.

The NAACP plans to send a letter to Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour asking that he publicly denounce the license plate and prevent it from being issued. And a citizens group has been formed on Facebook called Mississippians Against the Commemoration of Grand Wizard Nathan Forrest.

What do you think? Should the Sons of Confederate Veterans be allowed to honor Nathan Bedford Forrest?


That would be a HELL NO!!!!!

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Jodi - posted on 02/11/2011

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But wouldn't many American leaders who ARE honoured have been classified as terrorists by the Native Indians at the time of founding the US?

Jodi - posted on 02/11/2011

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Is this really any different to honouring George Washington who sent expeditions to fight the native Indians? Or Thomas Jefferson who also had aggressive policy to obtain Indian lands? To me, these were actions (and led to events) just as abhorrent as slavery and the actions of the KKK.



I am not saying it is ok to do any of these things, but the man had since renounced the KKK, right?

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Toni - posted on 04/15/2011

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Oh wow. I would have to say I would be against this if I lived in the US. I think that is highly insensitive and very sad.

Rosie - posted on 04/14/2011

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i agree with jodi. as much as i think it's disgusting honoring this guy, she has a point.

Lady Heather - posted on 04/14/2011

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Holy shit, he was actually called the "Grand Wizard"? I always wondered how they could take themselves seriously all dressed up as dunce-capped ghosts, but that just makes it even more hilarious. You know you're a loser when you think being the Grand Wizard of the dunce-capped ghosts makes you a superior being.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 04/14/2011

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Well, anyone sporting a KKK license plate should be ready to get a good ass whipping. I do not think it should be created, or an option for people to display on a government issued license plate...vanity plate or not. I am also for freedom of speech, but when did vanity plates start speaking? It is a form of expression sure...so is my bat to your car.

Tracey - posted on 04/14/2011

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Reminds me of when the DVLA in UK had to scrap all the number plates that started PI 55.

Pamela - posted on 04/14/2011

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How about we just have our license plates be license plates with boring numbers - across the board.

Unfortunately I have to concur with Jen (stated with gritted teeth) - we have free speech and if someone wants to fly a Confederate flag or have plates honoring bigots on their vehicles, well that's their right. It's bad taste, it's offensive to a large segment of the population, it's mindlessly rude and impolite, but hey, it's your right. But don't be offended if there are those of us who don't think very highly of you for doing it.

This is antithetical to everything I believe as a follower of Jesus. Sometimes I just want to sit down and cry. Really? People are really okay with this?

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I'm too much in favor of free speech and if they allow other figures, this jackass should be allowed.

Let me just make sure everyone understands my opinion of hte KKK and their ilk. I would not cry if they all suddenly died from spontaneous combustion. In fact, I'd probably laugh and do a little dance.

Pamela - posted on 04/14/2011

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I think it's inappropriate. And who knows if he ever really renounced the KKK? He was a Grand Wizard for heaven's sake. On that alone - because the KKK really is a terrorist group - he should not be honored.

Stifler's - posted on 02/11/2011

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You can get Tropical North Queensland ones with palm trees and frangipanis or Outback Queensland with red dirt here, they look ridiculous. Or just a colour or for old car enthusiasts they can get 80s number plates in black and white like they were when I was a baby instead of maroon and white like normal number plates.

Sherri - posted on 02/11/2011

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In Mass you can can get license plates honoring The Boston Bruins hockey team or The Boston Red Sox baseball team. In NH you can get plates honoring the man on the mtn. All it is really is a money maker for the state. If people will buy them then they are going to sell them.

Stifler's - posted on 02/11/2011

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Why would you want a political number plate is my question? Good way to have your car keyed by crazy people. Most people here get like their initials and year of birth and stuff. Or for uber bogans what kind of car they have like HSV4ME and BOS69. I would get PPs if they weren't so damn expensive.

Sherri - posted on 02/11/2011

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I agree with Sara. I would be proud to honor G. Washington or T. Jefferson I would never ever be associated with the KKK.

Krista - posted on 02/11/2011

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Sigh...and people wonder why the South still has this lingering reputation of racism...

Jodi - posted on 02/11/2011

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I wouldn't know who was on any licence plates anyway :P I think its a silly idea anyway.



I understand that the KKK made no positive contribution, BUT this individual did (apparently). I don't think they were trying to commemorate him as the KKK, but as an individual who contributed in other ways......



Personally I don't think he SHOULD have a licence plate commemorating him, but was just pointing out that it really is no different than doing the same thing for other people revered by Americans, who in actual fact, were also the terrorists of their day :D



And it isn't just Americans - we Australians have done the same thing....glossing over the atrocities of our heros.

Sara - posted on 02/11/2011

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Probably, but they didn't have license plates back then. :P



You're right, history is written by the victors. What people did and still do to native Amercians in this country is abhorrent. It's not a history to be proud of. But the only President I can recall ever being on a license plate is Abe Lincoln.



I think the difference for me is that G. Washington and Jefferson made postive contributions to this country, among the bad. The KKK has never done ANYTHING positive, and therefore should not be commemorated.

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Even though i doubt he would ever be honoured on a licence plate the one that comes to mind for me as soon as i saw this was Breaker Morant because a lot of people feel he should be pardoned.
I don't think licence plates should honour people at all.

Sara - posted on 02/11/2011

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The KKK is a terrorist organization, pure and simple. Their founder does not deserve a license plate in his honor any more than HItler, Stalin or Osama Bin Laden, IMO.

Jodi - posted on 02/11/2011

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Yes, it does. I don't necessarily agree that we should honour ANY of them with a licence plate, because they have ALL committed atrocities in their times.

Jodi - posted on 02/11/2011

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It seems to be one of those situations about it depends which side of the war you were on. If you are on the winning side of something, your abhorrent actions can be ignored, but if you are on the losing side, that is all people remember about you. I would dare to suggest that the genocide committed by Washington, jefferson, and others, is up there with Hitler. But the way in which they did it has been made acceptable.

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