July 18, 2015 5:00 pm -


Imagine if a Democrat said this. It would be all over talk radio and cable news. However, it was said by a Republican Tennessee lawmaker. Via FreakOutNation:

Nathan Bedford Forrest was a slave trader in Memphis before the Civil War broke out and the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, but Tennessee State Rep. Andy Holt (R) says he was “one of the South’s first civil rights leaders,” in an op-ed.

The Tennessee lawmaker said lawmakers were trying to “stoke the fires of racial tension in America” with claims against Forrest and by moving his remains from a Memphis park to a private cemetery.

“Those that wish to stoke the fires of racial tension in America claim that Gen. Forrest was the founder of the “KKK.” This is not true,” Holt writes. “The Ku Klos of the mid-1860s was founded by Judge Thomas Jones, Frank McCord and several other Confederate veterans. Two years after its founding, Forrest was elected grand wizard of the organization. However, he never dressed in costume.”

Well as long as he never wore a hood, that’s cool, right?…

“Those interested in actually mending racial tension in Tennessee, rather than pandering for quick political points, should be singing the praises of Gen. Forrest. We should be teaching the story of Nathan B. Forrest to every last school child, not digging up his grave in an attempt to rewrite history,” Holt writes.

“This is why we celebrate the life of Nathan B. Forrest. As long as I am in office, because my conscious and faith compel me to fight for unity, I will continue to honor the life of General Forrest”, he concludes.



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.