Tennessee Governor Honors KKK, Signs Nathan Bedford Forrest Day Proclamation

Tennessee Governor Honors KKK, Signs Nathan Bedford Forrest Day Proclamation July 12, 2019

White supremacy for Jesus: In a despicable development, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has signed a proclamation in honor of Nathan Bedford Forrest, the very first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.

The Tennessean reports:

Gov. Bill Lee has proclaimed Saturday as Nathan Bedford Forrest Day in Tennessee, a day of observation to honor the former Confederate general and early Ku Klux Klan leader whose bust is on display in the state Capitol.

Reporting on the story, HuffPost notes:

The day of observation calls on Tennesseans to honor Nathan Bedford Forrest, a slave-owning war criminal and Klan grand wizard.

Despite public outcry, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee (R) re-signed a proclamation Thursday declaring July 13 as Nathan Bedford Forrest Day in the state, honoring the Ku Klux Klan grand wizard and former Confederate general.

For the record, Forrest was a despicable human being, a brutal slave owner, a treasonous traitor to the U.S., and a General in the Confederate Army. In addition, he was the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. In short, the man was a moral monster.

However, the proclamation signed by Governor Lee makes no mention of Forrest’s key role in the creation of the KKK, nor does the proclamation make mention of the fact that Forrest was a traitor who betrayed his country in the name of racism. Instead, the proclamation only refers to Forrest as a “recognized military figure in American history and a native Tennessean.”

In an attempt at damage control, Lee tried to defend his deplorable proclamation by stating:

I signed the bill because the law requires that I do that and I haven’t looked at changing that law.

Lee could have refused to sign the proclamation, but he did not. And in signing the proclamation, Lee ignored the truth, and did not make any mention of what a deplorable character Forrest was, and failed to note the fact that Forrest was not an American hero, but a villain to be despised.

As one might imagine, many found Governor Lee’s proclamation yet another indication of the Bible Belt racism that animates much of the GOP.

For example, on Twitter there was the following reactions:

Bottom line: Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has signed a proclamation in honor of Nathan Bedford Forrest, the very first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.

Tennessee Governor Honors KKK, Signs Nathan Bedford Forrest Day Proclamation (Image via YouTube)
Tennessee Governor Honors KKK, Signs Nathan Bedford Forrest Day Proclamation (Image via YouTube)
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