Confirmed victory

The Mississippi Division of Sons of Confederate Veterans wants to sponsor a state-issued license plate to honor Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, one of the founders of the Ku Klux Klan.

The Sons are sponsoring a series of Mississippi license plates to mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and would include the Forrest vehicle tag that would be issued in 2014.

Several organizations, including the Mississippi chapter of the NAACP have asked Gov. Haley Barbour to condemn any attempt to honor Forrest with a license plate. Thus far, Barbour has declined to denounce the effort.

Letter to
Deputy Press Secretary, Governor Barbour Laura Hipp
Policy Advisor, Governor Barbour Patrick Sullivan
Constituent Services, Governor Barbour Max Wells
and 24 others
Special Projects Coordinator, Governor Barbour Debbie Carney
Deputy Director of Driver's Services, Mississippi Commissioner of Public Safety Capt. P.G. Parker
Driver's Services, Mississippi Commissioner of Public Safety Lt. Anthony Wright
Driver's Services, Mississippi Commissioner of Public Safety Lt. John Hillhouse
Driver's Services, Mississippi Commissioner of Public Safety Lt. Janita West
Mississippi Commissioner of Public Safety Santa Cruz
Communications, Mississippi Commissioner of Public Safety Charley Cook
Communications Director, Mississippi Commissioner of Public Safety Jon Kalahar
Director of Driver's Services, Mississippi Commissioner of Public Safety Major Jason Jennings
Executive Assistant, Governor Barbour Mary Buchanan
Chief of Staff, Governor Barbour Paul Hurst
Policy Advisor, Governor Barbour Rebekah Staples
Senior Advisor, Governor Barbour Nicole Stofer
Counsel, Governor Barbour Amanda Jones
Chief Counsel, Governor Barbour Colby Lane
Policy Advisor, Governor Barbour Candice Whitfield
Policy Analyst, Governor Barbour Taylor Teepell
Policy Aide, Governor Barbour Elizabeth Joseph
Press Secretary, Governor Barbour Dan Turner
Executive Assistant, Governor Barbour Ginny Roberts Zirulnik
Legislative Affairs, Governor Barbour Andrew Ketchings
Policy Aide, Governor Barbour Hunter Carpenter
Constituent Services and Special Projects, Governor Barbour Charles Pittman
Mississippi Governor
I urge you to denounce the attempt to honor Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest with a Mississippi license plate.

Given Forrest's highly controversial history, including the fact that he was a grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, it is unconscionable that Mississippi would give him official recognition.

While it is important to mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War - a seminal event in the story of America - honoring Forrest sullies the memories and demeans the efforts of those who have sacrificed to heal the wounds that divide us as a country.

I write to encourage you to use your power as governor to make sure that Mississippi doesn't permit a license plate to honor Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest.

I ask that you publicly condemn any attempt to honor Forrest with a license plate.

I look forward to your reply at the responses email below.