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Re: “Into the Forrest

Most problems today stem from the fact that most Americans are completely ignorant or oblivious to American History, which explains the absence for any appreciation of the past, and this self righteous view we have of ourselves for the present. This stupid notion that Nathan Bedford Forrest was a founder of the Ku Klux Klan that I keep seeing repeated is a complete and total myth. Three former confederate cavalrymen were the founders who began it out of boredom. Any literate person who would just take the time to read a little history instead of twitter hashtag memes could learn this enlightening fact. The original Ku Klux Klan of the 1860's was not founded as an organization to attack or commit atrocities toward blacks, it was founded as a law and order organization to protect mostly southern women, because lets face it, the South was pretty chaotic in the years after the war, and no one was doing anything about it, which marks another chapter of forgotten history. Once the KKK grew and began to take on a life of its own it should be known that Bedford Forrest who had later become a member, vocally called for it to be disbanded as the law and order had returned to the South and it was no longer needed. He distanced himself from it and it was disbanded. The KKK that is widely known today is a terrorist organization, that began in 1916 in which they stole the name of the original. To connect Bedford Forrest to the horrible deeds of a group from the twentieth century in which he had not part in is completely misguided. We also have to remember, as this article does mention, that these monuments were erected by survivors on both sides as a means of reconciliation, to heal the wounds of a divided nation. These monuments have existed for over one hundred years at this point and for us to just wake one morning and suddenly be offended by them, seems a little disingenuous and only leads to more division between us from a conflict settled long ago. Like it or not, the conflict took place, its part of our history, accept it and move on. There are more important things in life to direct one's energy. My other advice would be that folks need to start reading more books, rather than jumping on bandwagons to ban this and that based on ignorant emotion rather on something they obviously know very little about.

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Posted by Rupert on 07/02/2017 at 12:54 PM


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