Pages Menu
Categories Menu

Posted by on Mar 8, 2015 in At TMV | 7 comments

Group Defends Billboard Honoring KKK Founder on Display Near Selma Bridge

[icopyright one button toolbar]

A billboard honoring KKK founder Nathan Bedford Forrest is on display near the Edmund Pettus Bridge, where President Obama, former president George W. Bush, and others commemorated the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday.

The sign, set up in recent days, invites visitors to see “Selma’s War Between The States Historic Sites.” But it also features a picture of the Confederate flag and an image of Forrest, who was also a Confederate general.

Beside Forrest’s picture is a quote adopted by his men: “Keep the skeer on ’em.”

In a bizarre twist, the other side of the billboard — a straight shot and about a half-mile east of the Edmund Pettus Bridge — contains a welcome message to President Obama. Source: NY Daily News

The woman behind the billboard is defending the group’s decision to put it on display:

“That billboard was put there with positive intent to ask people who come to Selma to explore and enjoy our 19th century history,” said Patricia Goodwin, head of the group Friends of Forrest Inc.

“Does it say anything in the Constitution where a certain faction of people cannot be offended?” she added. “I’m offended by all these people walking around with their pants hanging around their knees.” Source: NY Daily News

Ms. Goodwin somehow managed to link an offensive billboard to sagging pants….Wow.

This was cross-posted from The Hinterland Gazette.

Click here for reuse options!
Copyright 2015 The Moderate Voice
  • JSpencer

    Once a confederate, always a confederate. History be damned!

  • The_Ohioan

    It’s called freedom of speech. Some groups honor the civil rights marches. Some honor rebel generals. Can it be done at the same time? 1st amendment doesn’t say anything about timing.

    • Brownies girl

      No, TO, but common sense SHOULD. Kind of like Pastor Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church. Ordinary folks weren’t all that pleased with what he and his congregants did.

      “Phelps and other members of the Topeka, Kan., church have picketed outside many military funerals holding signs with offensive messages such as “God Hates You” and “God Hates Fags.” The church believes military deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan are God’s punishment for U.S. tolerance of homosexuality and a sign the nation’s destruction is imminent.”

      Yes, SCOTUS said Phelps had the right to do it — but still — just because a person has the right, doesn’t mean it’s **correct**. This current billboard didn’t happen by accident – it was deliberate and had one intent and that was to be derisive and insulting to a 50 year historic anniversary celebration. IMO anyway.

      • The_Ohioan

        You may be right about the intent. Or it could be just what the group says it intended, an advertisement for all the civil war memorials in the area – and there are many.

        Forrest was apparently a military genius who was the first to employ some innovative cavalry tactics and his farewell to his troops is a classic. He did join the KKK after it was started but later called for it to be disbanded and refuted it.

        I found reading about his life and exploits fascinating and I think you would also. I can see why people in Selma consider him a hero – he was. And a villain as well.

        I’ve never subscribed to the view that every display of the rebel flag is meant as intimidation though for some it is. And it is difficult to separate the racists from those who honor their families who fought in a great war as I honor my ancestors who fought on the Union side. Just sayin’. We ought to try.

  • dgotshalk

    Was Bedford being honored or just mentioned because he was a successful Confederate General during the Civil War and thousands of Americans died under his leadership for the Confederate cause, as wrong as it was. Or was he being noted because he supported the hatred Americans of African descent. For those who love to study, understand, and appreciate the Southern cause and just love to study American history of the Civil War it could be that studying the Confederacy is just part of realizing what happened. Its not so simple. It could be that it is Americans of African descent who should study the Confederacy to understand and appreciate how far this country has come in solving racial, cultural, and economic scenarios of that period in the South at that time. How else will they ever recognize and solve their unique cultural and racial victimhood and create the way to get through it and thrive as many other minorities are doing in America today.

  • Markus

    Here is a thought experiment: I have a time machine and can carry you to Selma fifty years ago. You see a group of people walking across a bridge, and opposing them there is a line with cops with batons, hoses, and dogs. You get to chose a side. Which side do you chose?

    • JSpencer

      A fair question. Talk about a true test of courage…

Twitter Auto Publish Powered By :