Hello, Blah People! In case any of you started getting uppity now that Obama got his second term and having a black president is the new normal, Tennessee would like to put you in your place.
Let’s start with Memphis, where the chairman of the city’s parks and neighborhoods committee decided to school everyone on what a great guy Nathan Bedford Forrest was:
“When he came back from the war he promoted the progress of black people in this community,” Boyd said. “He promoted black people. He gave them jobs in places he owned businesses.”
That’s the same Nathan Bedford Forrest who co-founded the Ku Klux Klan in Pulaski, TN. Well done, Mr. Boyd! You made a Memphis Councilwoman cry.
Of course, we in Nashville have no reason to gloat. We have a privately-funded park adorned with a hideous statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest right where everyone driving south on I-65 can see it — people like this poor lady who works in Brentwood and found a racial slur scrawled on the hood of her car while she was at work on MLK day.
Tennessee, still racist after all these years.