In Jacksonville, Florida there’s a school named after Nathan Bedford Forrest, the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan and a general in the Confederate army. Some people think that’s a bad idea and they’re trying to change it. And the KKK is getting involved and asking the school board to keep the name.
Action News obtained a letter sent to all seven Duval County School Board members from the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.
“When I found out it was an actual KKK organization I wanted to burn the letter and wash my hands immediately,” said school board member Jason Fischer.
Action News reporter Ryan Smith made some calls and tracked the letter back to the Missouri-based group. Smith spoke with the group’s leader, who said he stands by it.
The letter asks the school board to “take a decisive stand to protect the name of the school based on the true historical facts surrounding this valiant man of honor.”
The letter attempts to defend the KKK, stating the group was born to “protect defenseless southerners from criminal activities perpetrated against them by Yankee carpet baggers …”
The letter goes on to use a racial slur against African-Americans, which Action News chose not to repeat.
“At first I thought it might be some sort of a gag or political stunt and then as I looked into it, I found out that it was an actual organization … I was outraged by it,” said Fischer.
I’m sure the KKK will be taken as seriously as they deserve to be.