by John Galt
July 11, 2015 16:25 ET
This week the city council of Memphis, TN decided to join the hysteria of the hyperventilating lying media and current poverty pimps which promote their filth on America by re-writing history once again. With the vote to remove the statue and grave for one General Nathan Bedford Forrest, a historic figure who had rightfully earned the fear and respect of the Union while doubling down and earning the respect of all after the Civil War was over, the city of Memphis demonstrates their own bitter disregard for a man who had been called Memphis’ first white civil rights leader.
General Bedford Forrest was vilified for becoming a Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan but in fact he gave the one order which was ignored by the media and so-called black leaders when on January of 1869 he issued General Order One to the KKK membership:
“It is therefore ordered and decreed, that the masks and costumes of this Order be entirely abolished and destroyed.”
With that order he considered the KKK disbanded, and the role they played in the postwar period concluded. Sadly he was wrong but he continued to try to the best of his ability to heal the wounds of not just the war itself, but society as a whole. The progression of racism towards the freeman was a bitter reminder of the harsh conditions of surrender that the North imposed on the South which left a division contrary to the wishes of Abraham Lincoln but typical of the Northeastern Republican Party Congress which wanted to punish and subjugate the entire population of Dixie until the financial losses from the conflict were restored to their regions.
The desires of the Northern aggressors notwithstanding, individuals like General Forrest attempted to heal the rift between races and warring parties continued and culminated in one of his finest speeches on July 5, 1875 to the Independent Pole Bearers Association at the fairgrounds just outside of Memphis, TN:
“Ladies and Gentlemen, I accept the flowers as a memento of reconciliation between the white and colored races of the Southern states. I accept it more particularly as it comes from a colored lady, for if there is any one on God’s earth who loves the ladies I believe it is myself. (Immense applause and laughter.) I came here with the jeers of some white people, who think that I am doing wrong. I believe I can exert some influence, and do much to assist the people in strengthening fraternal relations, and shall do all in my power to elevate every man, to depress none.
I want to elevate you to take positions in law offices, in stores, on farms, and wherever you are capable of going. I have not said anything about politics today. I don’t propose to say anything about politics. You have a right to elect whom you please; vote for the man you think best, and I think, when that is done, you and I are freemen. Do as you consider right and honest in electing men for office. I did not come here to make you a long speech, although invited to do so by you. I am not much of a speaker, and my business prevented me from preparing myself. I came to meet you as friends, and welcome you to the white people. I want you to come nearer to us. When I can serve you I will do so. We have but one flag, one country; let us stand together. We may differ in color, but not in sentiment. Many things have been said about me which are wrong, and which white and black persons here, who stood by me through the war, can contradict. Go to work, be industrious, live honestly and act truly, and when you are oppressed I’ll come to your relief. I thank you, ladies and gentlemen, for this opportunity you have afforded me to be with you, and to assure you that I am with you in heart and in hand.” (Prolonged applause.)
Considering the abject poverty from where Nathan Forrest originated from during his youth, his rise, built on his own hard work and without the benefits of higher education or proper “Southern” etiquette, his ability to transform his personality as a Christian to help the downtrodden and support a new South should make his statue a place of reflection on how men can change during a time of war and strife.
However, the modern civil rights movement could care less about history, accomplishments or facts; their agenda is one of revision, profiteering, and revenge.
Remember this fact as they attempt to re-write history and destroy a heritage for which all of America can be both ashamed and proud of regardless of which side of the conflict one’s family fought for.