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 http://www.exploresouthernhistory.com “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 http://www.opposingviews.com “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 http://www.freeinfosociety.com 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 http://grassrootsdemocracy.net 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 Change.org Campaigner William Winters.” For any of you not familiar with them, Change.org 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.