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My Take - Civil War Anniversary

As we approach the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the Sons of Confederate Veterans are pressuring Mississippi lawmakers to put Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest on state license plates. Forrest was one of the Confederacy's most famous generals, and also one of the most violent—having served as commanding officer at the "Fort Pillow Massacre," where more than 300 black Union troops were killed. Following the war, he went on to become the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. The thought that Forrest could receive this kind of honor should be appalling to all Southerners, regardless of color. Forrest was a man who dedicated his life to segregation and hate, and the aftermath of his actions still cause issues today. I'm all for acknowledging every aspect of nation's history—good and bad—but just because someone was well known doesn't mean they should be glorified. I'm Vanessa Oubre and that's my take. What's yours?

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