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Protestors Dig Up Confederate Soldier’s Grave, Enraging Some

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Memphis, Tennessee has made a declaration that it wishes to remove the remains of Confederate solider Nathan Bedford Forrest, but that wasn’t enough for a group of impatient protestors who, at a rally, started to rip the grass and dig up the Confederate soldier’s grave up themselves!

According to The American Mirror [1]:

They want it done now.

A group surrounded a shovel Wednesday and ceremoniously removed a chunk of grass and soil.

“We are going to bring the back hoe, the tractors and the men with the equipment to raise Bedford Forrest from the soil of Memphis,” Isaac Richmond with the “Commission on Religion and Racism” declared to awaiting TV cameras, CBS 3 reported [2].

Richmond ran unsuccessfully for Congress last year [3].

He believes if the general who died 137 years ago can just be eliminated, that will really help things.

“If he’s gone, some of this racism and race-hate might be gone,” he said, shovel in hand. “We got a fresh shovel full, and we hope that everybody else will follow suit and dig him up.”

Others see their actions as little more than destruction of property.

“They can protest all they want. Just because they don’t like it, doesn’t mean they are right. Digging up the park is just pure and simple vandalism,” says Lee Millar, spokesman Sons of Confederate Veterans.

“We really don’t want to make this a confrontation. We just want to say hey, we want to get on with it!” Richmond insists.

In early July, the Memphis city council voted unanimously to dig up Forrest’s body and move it somewhere else.

“It is no longer politically correct to glorify someone who was a slave trader, someone who was a racist on public property,” City Council member Myron Lowery said at the time.

Because of the bureaucracy, Forrest’s remains and the statue dedicated to him are regulated by different agencies.

WREG reported [4]:

According to the city council’s attorney, Chancery Court would also have to sign off on the removal of the remains and the family of Forrest would be involved in the decision as well.

The removal of the statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest is a separate issue.

The removal of the statue has been proposed as an ordinance before the council which will have to be read before the council three times before it can be approved.

From there it will be presented to the Tennessee Historic Commission but there is no timeline for when they will make a decision.

That’s all taking too long for the activists. They want it done now.

Sources:

[1] http://www.theamericanmirror.com/impatient-protesters-begin-digging-up-confederate-generals-grave-themselves/

[2] http://wreg.com/2015/07/22/group-takes-a-shovel-to-confederate-generals-grave/

[3] http://www.drisaacrichmond.com/2014/04/16/dr-isaac-richmond-announces-run-for-tennessees-9th-congressional-district/

[4] http://wreg.com/2015/07/07/statue-debate-heats-up-as-city-council-gets-set-to-vote/

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  • Nunyer Binnis

    SCREW PC, Richmond is nothing but a racist pig.

  • highender

    The racism will only end, when black and white and people of all colors, stop using the race card, and concentrate on being good citizens, and not have a lot of unwed single moms, men who desert their families, good role models, good family values, and a unified vision to make a better tomorrow for all.

    • Nunyer Binnis

      The racism will only end when the leftist totalitarian race baiters are all dead.

  • http://www.geoengineeringwatch.org Budhita

    Wave a chicken while you’re at it. Evolve, FFS.

  • USA

    I think it’s important to post the speech he made.

    “Ladies and Gentlemen I accept the flowers as a memento of reconciliation between the white and colored races of the southern states. I accept it more particularly as it comes from a colored lady, for if there is anyone on God’s earth who loves the ladies I believe it is myself. ( Immense applause and laughter.) This day is a day that is proud to me, having occupied the position that I did for the past twelve years, and been misunderstood by your race. This is the first opportunity I have had during that time to say that I am your friend. I am here a representative of the southern people, one more slandered and maligned than any man in the nation. I will say to you and to the colored race that men who bore arms and followed the flag of the Confederacy are, with very few exceptions, your friends. I have an opportunity of saying what I have always felt – that I am your friend, for my interests are your interests, and your interests are my interests. We were born on the same soil, breathe the same air, and live in the same land. Why, then, can we not live as brothers? I will say that when the war broke out I felt it my duty to stand by my people. When the time came I did the best I could, and I don’t believe I flickered. I came here with the jeers of some white people, who think that I am doing wrong. I believe that I can exert some influence, and do much to assist the people in strengthening fraternal relations, and shall do all in my power to bring about peace. It has always been my motto to elevate every man- to depress none. (Applause.) I want to elevate you to take positions in law offices, in stores, on farms, and wherever you are capable of going. I have not said anything about politics today. I don’t propose to say anything about politics. You have a right to elect whom you please; vote for the man you think best, and I think, when that is done, that you and I are freemen. Do as you consider right and honest in electing men for office. I did not come here to make you a long speech, although invited to do so by you. I am not much of a speaker, and my business prevented me from preparing myself. I came to meet you as friends, and welcome you to the white people. I want you to come nearer to us. When I can serve you I will do so. We have but one flag, one country; let us stand together. We may differ in color, but not in sentiment. Use your best judgement in selecting men for office and vote as you think right. Many things have been said about me which are wrong, and which white and black persons here, who stood by me through the war, can contradict. I have been in the heat of battle when colored men, asked me to protect them. I have placed myself between them and the bullets of my men, and told them they should be kept unharmed. Go to work, be industrious, live honestly and act truly, and when you are oppressed I’ll come to your relief. I thank you, ladies and gentlemen, for this opportunity you have afforded me to be with you, and to assure you that I am with you in heart and in hand.” By Nathan Bedford Forrest

  • Rufrignkidnme

    Racism will never end as long as this type of behavior continues. These extremists want to remove historic symbols of white culture, they want to dig our ancestors bodies out of the ground.. and i’m becoming more and more convinced that they’re only real goal is to commit total genocide on all whites everywhere in the world.

  • L84Cabo

    My god people are dumb and insane.

  • Kdf82

    The film Idiocracy was at first a comedy,..then a documentary.. now with these idiots in particular it’s live TV.. With regards to race, we need to abolish the BS called White Privilege… It doesn’t exist! If anyone has a problem being born here because their ancestors sold them into slavery.. STFU and thank God almighty you’re not dieing in a mud hut back in the old country instead of thriving with your free pass to college, jobs, food, etc. etc… If history offends you leave or kill yourself if you can’t handle it.

    If they seriously have an issue with slavery, there’s plenty of it still going on in Africa by the descendants of the same folk that granted you sanctuary here. I’m sure these twits with shovels were paid by one of obozo’s sponsored race baiter white hater groups to continue the charade while he continues the systematic destruction of the USA…

    If you truly love the country that men of all colors and creeds fought so tenaciously for lest than a generation ago… Get off your A$$ and make a positive difference!

    Rant Over…

  • MulePacker

    This is pretty disturbing. The thing that kills me the most is that everyone in this country is so privileged. But we are always so sensitive. Its all about “me and my feelings.” A bunch of ninnys if you ask me. Meanwhile I have friends in other countries who are being imprisoned by their goverment, just from praying to Jesus Christ.

    MulePacker