Group Defends Billboard Honoring KKK Founder on Display Near Selma Bridge
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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.