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.
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.