Friday 24 February 2017

Row brewing over KKK licence plates

A sample of the latest Civil War licence plate that is being sold in Mississippi (AP)
A sample of the latest Civil War licence plate that is being sold in Mississippi (AP)

A fight is brewing over a proposed Mississippi special licence plate that would honour an early leader of the Ku Klux Klan.

The Mississippi Division of Sons of Confederate Veterans says it wants to sponsor five state-issued licence plates to commemorate the 150th anniversary of what it calls the "War Between the States".

The group wants the 2014 plate to feature Civil War Confederate general Nathan Bedford Forrest, who is revered by some as a military genius and reviled by others for leading the 1864 massacre of black Union troops at Fort Pillow, Tennessee

Gen Forrest was a Klan grand wizard in his native Tennessee after the war.

State president of the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People Derrick Johnson says Mississippi should not honour a man who was an early leader of a terrorist group.

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