Governor Haley Barbour is not going to condemn the KKK license plate proposal

February 17th, 2011 - 2:24 am ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Mississippi, Feb 16 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour has told reporters that a proposed license plate that seeks to honor one of the earliest Klu Klux Klan leaders “is not going to happen”.

The governor though would not condemn the proposal. He said that he would not want to denounce people who want to push forward an agenda.

Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest was one of the earliest leaders of the dreaded white supremacist group, Klu Klux Klan. According to his supporters he was a dedicated soldier that fought bravely for America. They argue that he left the KKK when the members became too violent.

Critics though are not moved by that. They argue that before he did that he had taken part in the killings of several African American Union soldiers back in 1864 during the Battle of Fort Pillow in Tennessee.

The proposed commemorative plate in Mississippi would have to be approved by the state legislature. When Barbour was asked about the prospect of the proposal being accepted, he said that, “The Nathan Bedford Forrest tag is not going to happen. Isn’t that what you asked me? It is not going to happen.”

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