The Cultural Genocide Mess In Selma

By Al Benson Jr.

Selma, Alabama has been the scene of yet another attempt at cultural genocide in the South recently. The situation is still ongoing and the cultural Marxists are having a field day, thanks to a compliant “news” media.

There was a monument, with a bust of General Nathan Bedford Forrest on it in Selma. Last March the bust was stolen off the monument. However, efforts are now underway to restore and improve the monument. And here is an important point, according to  “The site on which the monument stands is owned by the United Daughters of the Confederacy and is private property, but open to the public.” So the bust was stolen off private property, not property that belonged to the city.

The same article noted: “The monument featuring an impressive bust of the general quickly proved controversial. It suffered three attacks by vandals, including one attempt to completely topple it. Many citizens of Selma also objected to the placement of the monument, considering it an affront to the city’s role in the Civil Rights movement.” The Sons of Confederate Veterans quickly pointed out that Bedford Forrest had also commanded Confederate troops in the Battle of Selma, and that “all the proper channels had been followed in the placement of the monument.” In other words, it was all done legally and above board. The monument not only commemorates Forrest, but also the Battle of Selma. Or do the “civil rights” folks think that no history is important before they came on the scene? Do they want no version of history imparted to people other than their own? You better believe it! That’s part of what cultural genocide is all about—your version of history gets its throat cut while my version dances on your grave.

According to  “Todd Kiscaden of the Friends of Forrest, told WSFA-TV ‘I’d recommend this man for any young people to model their life after. He always led from the front. He did what he said he was going to do. He took care of his people, and his people included both races. And this article also noted that “While the city government is in charge of the Live Oak Cemetery, the United Daughters of the Confederacy owns the land where the monument actually sits.” Private property, folks, you have no legal right to bother it—not that this will stop you!

State Senator Hank Sanders also told the television station “Here’s a man who killed African-Americans who had surrendered, who were not a threat to anybody, formed the Ku Klux Klan, and yet we are talking about a monument to him.” How many monuments to Martin Luther King Jr. do we have around the country? And yet he was a friend of identified Communists and even had some working for his organization.

Actually, some of the history dealing with Bedford Forrest is a little hazier than the “civil rights” folks make out. There is some question as to whether he actually formed the Klan or had a major leadership position in it.

In 2010, Pelican Publishing of Gretna, Louisiana published a book by Shane E. Kastler, a Southern Baptist minister who has devoted his life to preaching the truth of Jesus Christ’s salvation to sinners. The book was called Nathan Bedford Forrest’s Redemption  and Rev. Kastler gives you information about Bedford Forrest you are guaranteed not ever to see in cultural Marxist circles or in your “news” media (are the two identical?). A review of the book observes: “Revealing an unfamiliar side of the feared Civil War general, the book details Forrest’s meeting and marriage to a pious Presbyterian who likely influenced his later devotion to faith. He briefly served as a leader of the Ku Klux Klan but later called for its disbandment. Afterward he became an advocate for African Americans.”

In an article on  the following is noted: “The Ku Klux Klan is a secret organization that has always been shrouded in mystery. Even its early beginnings are sketchy. It is known that six former Confederate officers at Pulaski, Tennessee, approached Forrest with the idea of a “police force” for the blessings of Forrest, who held the respect of the people. Forrest gave his blessings, and for it, he was appointed their first leader. The controversy stems in whether Forrest actually played an active part in the organization.” Anyone who has read honest “reconstruction” history knows that the Southern folks in the late 1860s and 70s needed something to help them fend off the gentle persuasions of the would-be robber barons that our “history” books refer to as carpetbaggers. If you want to know why the original Klan existed look at what went on during “reconstruction” in the South. It ain’t pretty but maybe you need to acquaint yourself with the truth. Read a book called The Tragic Era  by Claude Bowers, a Northerner who told the ugly truth about “reconstruction.”

And now the opposition to the Forrest monument in Selma. Much of the opposition is being led by a Malika Sanders-Fortier who is involved with the Grassroots Democracy Commission, the 21st Century Youth Leadership Movement, and the Slavery and Civil War Museum.

If you look up Grassroots Democracy on the Internet, it looks like it is pretty much composed of Malika Sanders-Fortier and her husband, Franklin. Their site  carries several little blurbs about what they are trying to do in Selma by blocking any further work on the Forrest monument, even though two different sources I have cited in this article say the monument is on private property. One of the blurbs on their sites states: “In just a few days Malika has recruited thousands of people around the world to oppose what’s happening in Selma said Campaigner William Winters.” For any of you not familiar with them, is a big leftist outfit with their collectivist fingers in a lot of political pies.

Malika Sanders-Fortier’s parents played a large role in the Civil Rights movement and she started in with her political activism at age 15. Her parents were Harvard-educated lawyers and her father became a state senator in Alabama. Remember that Hank Sanders who complained about Forrest purposely killing African-Americans? That’s her father.

It would seem that much of the opposition in Selma started out with this one family and they have contacted their friends on the political left to help them push their agenda on Selma. This is the kind of leftist networking that goes on when someone, anyone on the left has a project they want to push. They all jump in and help one another. They may hate each other’s guts, but they’ll all get on board and support each other because they have a common enemy—us!

It’s too bad some of our Southern and Confederate heritage groups couldn’t take a page from their book and start learning to try to help each other out when something like this arises instead of taking part in all the infighting we seem so fond of getting into. Maybe there is a lesson in Selma for us and we had better start trying to learn it while we still have some Confederate heritage left.

15 thoughts on “The Cultural Genocide Mess In Selma

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    • It’s not so much that they are stupid–they want to destroy Southern culture, cover it up, erase it from memory–except for the slavery issue, which they want to hold over everyone’s head.

  2. From what I read about Forrest is that he was only part of the formation of the original KKK but once he saw what they were tuning into he worked to disband it. He was never the ‘leader’ of it. If he had been they would have never turned into the racist hate group they did. He would never have allowed it. However they did disband for awhile and when it was reinstated, it was a Yankee org, nothing to do with the South. Meanwhile the South’s real KK (not KKK) was a very good beneficial group that protected and cared for both Negro and white families who lost their men and homes in the war as the Yankees were still slaughtering Southerners well after the war, as DC wanted all the south dead and helpless. The KK was a volunteer force to protect the South after the war and to help rebuild it. It was nothing like the KKK that tried to make the public believe they were one in the same, but in reality they were the opposite ! The KK of the South were protectors of all, and the KKK of the North (pretending to be of the South) were hateful racist killers.

      • There are two big problems here, one is, in part, a cultural problem and one is simply a human problem. When I was busy with my children and family, I had little (or no) time for such cerebral activities as the study of history as a means of refuting the “orthodox” version thereof. I have tried to make that up in these last ten years, but at 71, that must assume that for at least 40 some odd years, I did little or nothing – and I knew less. I am proud to be a member of George’s group but even now, pressures of my life – and the HUGE nature of the problem of ignorance among Americans together with the powerful propaganda of those who should (and often DO) know better – makes it difficult to be a “force for good.” For many people, this seemingly insurmountable task results in them voicing their “support” for truth and Southern history and heritage, but doing little more than that because it is so overwhelming a task.

        So the question becomes, “WHAT DO WE DO??” First, if the subject is important to the individual then that person must DO SOMETHING. He doesn’t have to win or even FIGHT every battle, but he has to do what he can when the opportunity arises. He must obey the statement that it is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness! Websites like George’s are helpful in that they provide ammunition when a Southern partisan (wherever he lives) wants to address an assault on Southern heritage. But even then, the AMOUNT of information itself is daunting and not everybody is a wordsmith. Many folks will try to post or write paragraphs of information which soon loses their audience. We are a culture with a “bumper-sticker” mentality. Anything more than five words and eyes begin to glass over. What we need is a “source” book or a series of such books with THEIR points responded to by OUR points in the shortest possible manner. For instance, the claim that the South started the war by firing (unprovoked) on Fort Sumter. In response we have the legal definition which declares that it is not who FIRES the first shot who starts a war, but WHO CAUSED THE FIRST SHOT TO BE FIRED! Then we have several short sentences of Lincoln outlining his plan to force the Confederacy to take Sumter before it became a Union stronghold. And we have the number of efforts to re-man and supply Sumter in violation of the agreement between President Buchanan and the State of South Carolina. Bingo! Naturally, there’s a lot more to it than that, but it does give people a real ANSWER to that particular charge.

        Of course, “sourcing” is invaluable since we can always be charged with lying or inaccuracy. But even with a credible source such as a quote by Lincoln, do not expect that our viewpoint will be accepted. If you read my above post, you will see that there are far too many people who will simply ignore or attack a point – however valid, credible and well sourced – that violates their cherished beliefs. We must decide whether truth or falsehood will prevail and believe me, that choice affects FAR MORE than a debate about the so-called “civil war.”

      • Thanks Val, the attaboy is most welcome. As you said it is a huge task defending Southern heritage, a task that sometime takes hours of reserach to prove one quote. Yes I get frustrated and at times just want to throw my hands up and quit, then you will post something or send me an email that re-charges me and I am ready to go again.

        We need members and we need them bad. Yes folks that is a plea.


  3. My understanding was that the first KKK bore little resemblance to its re-founding in 1920s and again in 1950s. Only two surviving members of the original KKK endorsed the 1920s KKK, and all of the others either denounced it or ignored it. The original was a paramilitary organization that was necessary to deal with the chaotic political situation at the time (aka Reconstruction), the same with the Mujahideen in the 1970s/1980s and the IRA in the 1910s/1920s.

    • You are correct, The Klan as it emerged in the early 1900s was a whole different animal than the original Klan which ended up being formed to protect folks from carpetbaggers and people in the state militias who were hired by the carpetbag governors.

  4. These are the same type of people that put a big wooden fence around the statue of George Washington when they had their meeting on the grounds on which the statue stood. They did this to the man who MADE this country, who served without pay and refused to become a king or “President for Life” because he owned slaves. Well, their own people sold their ancestors into slavery and frankly, however hard it might have been for g-g-g-g-grand-daddy, it was a boon to THEM! You cannot deal rationally with such people because they lack rationality. You can only ignore them which is what any INTELLIGENT person of ANY race should be doing. To give them any type of power at all is akin to giving a child matches; the result is never pretty and often the “child” suffers more than anyone else. It’s time we took this country away from politically correct ignoramuses and let wiser heads prevail.

      • The point is this: we have become a culture in which rationality and reason are no longer required in the public forum. It is as if the laws of physics have been suspended. You CANNOT have a society or a civilization in which there are no “ground rules” regarding behavior and communication. If there is no right or wrong and everything is what one CHOOSES TO BELIEVE is right or wrong, how can your society exist? Consider: we have all of these pretty lights up on our roads. They turn colors: red, yellow (sometimes) and then green. Really nice, especially around Christmas. Now these work because people BELIEVE that each color represents a proper response on the part of those using the road whether they be operators of vehicles or pedestrians. When the light is red, the person who has that color, STOPS! When it is yellow, the person who has THAT color PREPARES TO STOP. When it is green, that person is free to proceed. Simple! However, what happens if everybody suddenly decides that the lights don’t mean ANYTHING anymore! I don’t think I have to go into a description of the chaos that decision would engender.

        Well, the same thing is operative here and in other such cases. People BELIEVE that they are right (whether or not they are) or they BELIEVE that what they WANT to believe is all that counts. They ACT on that assumption and in so doing, they violate the rights of other people who BELIEVE – or in this case KNOW – differently. In the past, at least among rational people – these matters were settled by scholarly research and the understanding that, as Will Rogers once put it, “Your right to swing your fist ends where my nose begins!” Now what this meant was that even people who were WRONG could hold their opinions, but they could not infringe upon the actions of people who held diverse beliefs. In this case, it would mean that those opposing Southern heritage could certainly DO so, but they COULD NOT force those with whom they disagreed to cease supporting that heritage until and unless they became the MAJORITY of the citizenry. If they did achieve that situation, then they could VOTE to remove or restrict the memorials and symbols of that heritage – on PUBLIC, not PRIVATE property. That is how it is done in a representative government. The will of the MAJORITY prevails while respecting the RIGHTS of the minority.

        Sadly, however, that’s not how it works today. Political correctness gives to certain groups rights that they have no constitutional business having and they use those false “rights” to nullify the ACTUAL constitutional rights of those with whom they disagree. We have a breakdown in the social fabric that has resulted in a tyranny of people who hold certain views however small their number. This essentially ends any pretense of government with the consent of (a majority) of the governed.

  5. Mr. Benson,
    “It’s too bad some of our Southern and Confederate heritage groups couldn’t take a page from their book and start learning to try to help each other out when something like this arises instead of taking part in all the infighting we seem so fond of getting into.”

    Well said sir well said. I have been involved with 501c group, Southern Heritage Advancement Preservation and Education, for some we are listed as an education -charity organization for tax purposes. Our website is loaded with factual, sourced information, yet we cannot get posters or members who will support his. It seems the Southern people had rather read and let a few others carry the load for them, all the while proclaming they are Southern patriots, Disgusting.

    George Purvis

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