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JACKSON, Miss. A fight is brewing in Mississippi over a proposal to issue specialty license plates honoring Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, who was an early leader of the Ku Klux Klan.

The Mississippi Division of Sons of Confederate Veterans wants to sponsor a series of state-issued license plates to mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, which it calls the "War Between the States." The group proposes a different design each year between now and 2015, with Forrest slated for 2014.

"Seriously?" state NAACP president Derrick Johnson said when he was told about the Forrest plate. "Wow."

Forrest, a Tennessee native, is revered by some as a military genius and reviled by others for leading the 1864 massacre of black Union troops at Fort Pillow, Tenn. Forrest was a Klan grand wizard in Tennessee after the war.
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Johnson, with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said he's not bothered by Civil War commemorative license plates generally. But he said Mississippi shouldn't honor Forrest, who was an early leader of what he calls "a terrorist group."

"He should be viewed in the same light that we view Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden," Johnson said of Forrest. "The state of Mississippi should deny any vanity tags which would highlight racial hatred in this state."

Democratic Rep. Willie Bailey, who handles license plate requests in the House, said he has no problem with SCV seeking any design it wants.

"If they want a tag commemorating veterans of the Confederacy, I don't have a problem with it," said Bailey, who is black. "They have that right. We'll look at it. As long as it's not offensive to anybody, then they have the same rights as anybody else has."

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I'm afraid I'm with Johnson, wow. Give it up guys, ya lost, get over it.

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Here we go again with the racism ####.

If it was me I would release the plate in february...but thats just me.

Just one more thing for the NAACP to whine about.

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I'm afraid I'm with Johnson, wow. Give it up guys, ya lost, get over it.
In their minds, they didn't lose.

There's just been a cease-fire for 150 years..

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Some people would be offended no matter who was on the plates. I guarantee most people don't even know who Forrest is.

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Some people would be offended no matter who was on the plates. I guarantee most people don't even know who Forrest is.
Oh, I'll admit I didn't, but still, I'm about as WASP as one could be, but yeah, it seems racist to me. Why not just put some type of plate out there that most people would/could accept and recognize as a real accomplishment, instead of stirring up any sort of debate? You know, something that the state has contributed to the whole of the U.S. in a more favourable way?
Not trying to be funny or demeaning, but how about something relating to farming down there. Mississippi is one of the few states that grows rice as an example,or catfish farming.

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Some people would be offended no matter who was on the plates. I guarantee most people don't even know who Forrest is.
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Just one more thing for the rest of the country to give us sh!t about.

The county that I live in was named after Forrest and I didn't know about his clan ties.I just knew about his military career.

I don't see this happening honestly,but I could be wrong.
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He was a Military genius.




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For those who don't think it is a big deal, would you have a problem if it was Eldridge Cleaver instead?

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