A misleading photograph on a false petition
I'm a member of change.org and have signed many petitions for people who have been wronged. The problem I have is when someone starts a petition without taking the time or trouble to read a book or research their facts. According to the petition begun by Malika Fortier, the city of Selma, Alabama is putting up a monument to Lieutenant General Nathan Bedford Forrest. She is opposed to the monument because it would promote hate against black people. She wants people to sign her petition because Forrest was allegedly the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. Let's review what we know about Forrest and the original KKK.
There were huge differences between the KKK of the 1870's and the KKK founded in 1915. The Klan of the 1900's were violent and a racist organization. The Klan just after the Civil War was an attempt by ex-Confederates to regain the right to vote and run for office. It might surprise Mrs. Fortier to know that General Forrest actually supported the "Jubilee of Pole Bearers" which was the fore runner of the NAACP. They actually asked General Forrest to make a speech before their group in post war Memphis, Tn. After his speech, he received a standing ovation. Now Mrs. Fortier is going against her own people to protest the very man they applauded. It's just too bad that Mrs. Fortier hasn't the energy to pick up a good book and learn for herself.
Historian Michael Grissom stated that the present day Klan cannot be confused with the original Klan which was organized to stop Carpet Bagger tyranny. As an example of why the original Klan was formed we need to look at Reconstruction.
A typical reconstruction legislature
John Patterson of Pennsylvania moved to South Carolina following the war. In 1872 he stated that he believed there remained another five good years of stealing left in the state. People like Patterson are responsible for the origination of the KKK. At the time there were 155 state legislators in South Carolina's Congress. Of those 155, 98 were freed slaves. Of those 98 freed slaves, only 22 could read or write. This legislature set up by Northern thieves voted themselves gold watches, horses, carriages, champagne and all sorts of ridiculous items. After four years of devastating war the state deficit was 7 million dollars. After one year of this legislative rule the state deficit exceeded 29 million dollars. It would take until after World War II for the state of South Carolina to pay off this debt. With the shape the country is in financially today, you would think someone like Mrs. Fortier would understand what the orginial KKK was attempting to do.
Patrick Cleburne said that if the South loses the war, our children will be taught from Northern textbooks. He was correct in this statement, because people like Mrs. Fortier are not intelligent enough to pick up a book and learn for herself.
A great book for her to read would be Forrest’s Redemption. Of course reading takes quite a bit of energy and brain power, so I don’t expect things to change anytime soon. The movie Idiocracy may be a true picture of this country’s future and quite possibly the world. I remember my old political science professor teaching us to think for ourselves, grab a book or a newspaper. He called the majority of the citizens of this nation a bunch of skillet heads. He said, everyone is too lazy to think for themselves. They allow others to do their thinking for them. How accurate he was.