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October 29, 1877, is the day former slave trader, Confederate general, and first leader of the Ku Klux Klan Nathan Bedford Forrest died.

On that day every year the Government of the District of Columbia ought to drape a white pointed hood upon the head of the statue of George Preston Marshall, founder of the Washington Redskins NFL franchise, that stands on DC property outside RFK stadium.

Marshall’s role in preventing black players from entering the NFL at all, and in being the last team to employ a black player, is well documented in a number of sources, including Marshall’s NFL Hall of Fame admission bio at Canton OH.

Accordingly there can be no doubt of the historic accuracy of linking Marshall with the Klan in spirit, whether he officially ever belonged or not. After all, the Klan was not famous either for keeping, or for being able to write down, records.

Redskins team officials and NFL representatives need not attend the ceremonies. But equally they should not prevent them from occurring.

After the hooding of the statue, a high school band should play. Cheerleaders should cheer. There should be speeches by the DC Mayor and Councilmembers. And homegoing commuters will drive past it thoughtfully that evening.

It’s a public statue on public land. Let’s use it for a public observation of an historic connection.

This should become an annual tradition lasting 360 years, as long as slavery and Jim Crow did (1607 founding of Jamestown – 1967 Civil Rights Act.) Or until the NFL dies, whichever comes first.

Originally posted to slangist on Sat Oct 11, 2008 at 12:48 AM PDT.

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  •  tip jar (4+ / 0-)

    this is not, alas, snark. i would really like to see that pointy little hat on top of that statue...

    Bush Minor's 4,100 dead got us $4 gas. That's the Lying, Spying, Torture, Indifference and Incompetence Administration that McCain wants to prolong.

    by slangist on Sat Oct 11, 2008 at 12:50:55 AM PDT

  •  And I'd also like to attend a ceremony (3+ / 0-)

    where that vile name "Redskins" is removed once and for all. I remember past efforts to change the name to simply "Skins" (as in pigskins), or even to something else altogether were thwarted by White people screaming about "tradition". Gag. I can't believe it's 2008 and we've still got that damn "Redskins" moniker on an NFL team. Fuck that kind of "tradition".

  •  NATHAN BEDFORD FORREST (0+ / 0-)

    What do you really know about Nathan Bedford Forrest? HERE IS A LITTLE FACT. yES HE WAS ASKED BY JOHN MORTON HIS ARTILERY OFFICER TO JOIN. THEY ASK LEE FIRST BUT HIS HOME  ARLINGTON HOUSE IS NOW ARLINGTON CEMATARY. 10% OF ALL CONFEDERETS OWNED A SLAVE. GRANT OWNED 3.AT THE END OF THE WAR IT WAS ONLY A PROTECTION GROUP AGAINST NORTHERN AGRESSION AND BANDS OF GANGS MURDERING WHOLE FAMILIES. HE WAS CALLED TO CONGRESS AND STATED HE WOULD DISBAND THE ORGANIZATION IF POSSIBLE. HE WAS IN 2 YEARS THEN QUIT WHEN HE FELT IT WAS NOT WHAT IT STARTED TO BE. OF COURSE OTHERS KEPT THE TERRIBLE THING IT BECAME GOING. FORREST THEN BECAME THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS OF HIS LIFE A PROPONENT FOR BLACK EMPOWERMENT AND CIVIL RIGHTS HE DIED AT 57 10,000 PEOPLE ATTENDED HIS FUNERAL 1/3 BLACK.HE HAS BEEN DEMONIZED INCORECTLY, HE FREED MORE SLAVES THAN LICOLN WHO FREED NONE IN THE NORTH JUST THE SOUTH, BUT A SEPARATE COUNTRY AT THE TIME WITH EMANCIPATION. HE WAS AN ADVOCATE OF SENDING ALL BACK TO AFRICA. HOWEVER A GREAT MAN DURING UNBELIEVABLE TIMES Yes he was involved in the slave trade. Reprehensible by todays standards> But Legal at the Time. George washington and Thomas Jefferson both owned 200. No excuse But you cannot Judge a man by the times. I am an expert on him teaching civil war history. He after this became one of the richest men in the South as a plantation owner. He treated his people well never broke families in fact most wanted to be with him. He  at age 40 joined the war AS A PRIVATE AND ROSE TO LT GENERAL.6 MONTHS SCHOOLING FROM FRONTIER PURE GRIT AND WILL HE WAS THE ONLY MAN FEARED BY  GRANT AND Sherman AND WITH NO WEST POINT TRAINING BECAME THE MOST SUCCESFULL CALVERY OFFICER OF THE WAR COPIED BY BOTH SIDES.HE WAS A VIOLENT MAN IN WAR LEADING FROM THE FRONT AS GENERAL HIS MEN WORSHIPED HIM. HE HAD 29 HORSES SHOT BENEATH HIM BUT KILLED 30 MEN PERSONALY MORE THAN ALL GENERALS ON BOTH SIDES COMBINED.  HIS TACTICS ARE STILL STUDIED TODAY BY TANK OFFICERS AND WERE IDOLIZED BY ROMMEL AND PATTON. EVEN SHWARTSKOPF MENTIONED HIM. HE TOLD HIS 45 SLAVES IF THEY WORKED AS TEAMSTERS HE WOULD FREE THEM AT THE END. oNLY 1 LEFT. HE ALSO HAD SEVERAL IN HIS PERSONAL BODYGUARD OR ESCORT. VICOUNT WOOLSEY IN 1900 CALLED HIM THE FINEST WHITE CALVERY OFFICER IN THE CENTERY.ONE OF THE MOST MISUNDERSTOOD AND VILLIFIED MEN EVER PEACE

    •  If you are a teacher, heaven help the (1+ / 0-)
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      education system that employs you.  

      Sarah: You're an idiot. Come home.

      by Endangered Alaskan Dem on Sat Oct 11, 2008 at 02:30:34 AM PDT

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      •  HEAVEN HELP YOU (0+ / 0-)

        IF YOUR GOING TO MAKE ASSUMPTINS YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT BUT i FORGOT THIS IS THE PLACE WHERE PEOPLE CALL EVERYBODY NAMES TELL ME WHAT YOU DO BUT tHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE. EDUCATION MEANS FACTS NOT NAME CALLING TRY IT IT GOT YOU JR

        •  If you are an expert on (0+ / 0-)

          Civil War history, as you claim to be, you should surely be aware of the difference between a cavalry and Calvary.  I have not the foggiest idea what a calvery is.  Maybe it gains something in translation when you figure out that the caps lock button can be pushed again and something wonderful happens.

          You might also figure out how to spell words used every day by real Civil War experts, like "artillery" and "Confederates."  

          Sarah: You're an idiot. Come home.

          by Endangered Alaskan Dem on Sat Oct 11, 2008 at 02:48:02 AM PDT

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          •  HERE YOU GO AGAIN (0+ / 0-)

            IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DISCUSS ANYTHING ABOUT HISTORY NOW THAT YOU HAVE MY ATTENTION JR THERE WON'T BE ANYMORE. IS ALL YOU CAN DO IS CALL PEOPLE SMARTER THAN YOU NAMES? IS THAT BETTER ASSHOLE? IT IS YOU PEOPLE WHO MAKE US LOOK BAD. TRY ME IF YOU WANT, NOTICE THINGS ARE THE WAY YOU WANT KNOW SMARTASS? EVEN YOUR COMMENT SUMS YOU UP? GROW UP JR.

            •  While you're calling me an asshole, please (0+ / 0-)

              point to one place where I called you a name.

              Then keep studying your "English as a Third Language" textbook.

              Sarah: You're an idiot. Come home.

              by Endangered Alaskan Dem on Sat Oct 11, 2008 at 04:00:42 AM PDT

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              •  IT'S JUST I'M BETER THAN YOU ELITISM (0+ / 0-)

                ALL YOU DO IS PUT ME DOWN, BUT NOT NOW WE HAVE BEEN THROUGH THIS BEFORE. NOTICE THINGS ARE DIFFERENT? YOU DON'T COMMENT ON WHAT IS WRITTEN....YOU CAN'T SO I WORM YOU CONDECENDING BASTARDS OUT. DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA ABOUT THE PERSON I WROTE ABOUT? NO OF COURSE NOT. YOU'RE THE SAME GUY I FLUSTERED  WITH YOUR YOUR FRENCH GENERALS AND YOUR PAPER ON FRENCH RECONSTRUCTION AFTER WW2. BY THE WAY I WOULD LOVE TO READ IT ..REALLY. I READ YOUR PIECE ON ELECTORAL VOTES FOR WHO I THINK YOU SAID 4TH GRADERS . YOU CALLED ME A TROLL HA HA. YES I AM A PROF OF AMERICAN HISTORY, PHD BUT SO WHAT. AND YES I KNOW HOW TO USE PUNCUATION, HA HA. I AM SURE YOU ARE ARE A VERY BRIGHT GUY BUT EASE UP ON THE BERATING PEOPLE. THEY WILL TEACH YOU THAT WHEN YOU GET TO START TEACHIG AND GET YOUR DOCTORATE, BUT THEN AGAIN YOU STILL HAVE'NT TOLD ME WHAT YOUR AFTER. HELP AND MENTOR DON'T TRY TO BELITTLE PEOPLE...ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHO YOUR TALKING TO. TRUCE AND GOOD LUCK

                •  Again, please translate that rant into English. (0+ / 0-)

                  Also, I don't have the foggiest clue what you're talking about with regard to French generals.  But then, neither do you.

                  Yes, I do have some idea who I am talking to:  an idiot who is not qualified to be Sarah Palin's tutor.  That's some low bar you miss out on.

                  Sarah: You're an idiot. Come home.

                  by Endangered Alaskan Dem on Sat Oct 11, 2008 at 11:38:44 AM PDT

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                  •  YES YOU ARE CORRECT BUT WE HAVE BEEN AT IT (0+ / 0-)

                    IT WAS JUST ANOTHER ONE OF YOU SELF PROCLAIMED GENIOUSES WHO STILL REFUSES TO ANSWER ANYTHING ABOUT THE ISSUE AT HAND. HERE IS A NOVELTY FOR YOU IN THE GROWN UP WORLD I DID CONFUSE YOU WITH ANOTHER WHO CHALLEGED ME TO 20 QUESTIONS AND UNFORTUNATELY LOST. HERE IS ANOTHER I AM SORRY FOR CONFUSING YOU WITH HIM. BUT WE HAVE  BEEN THROUGH THIS BEFORE IF YOU CHECK AND IT IT IS JUST TYPICAL OF THE WAY MY PARTY HAS GONE TO SHIT WITH THE ATTITUDE OF ANTI EVERYTHING NOTHING SACRED TREAT PEOPLE LIKE SHIT ANYTHING GOES EMBARASING SUPERIORITY YOU VOMIT. I AM TRULY SORRY FOR CONFUSING YOU WITH THE OTHER PERSON BUT AT LEAST HE LEARNED SOMETHING. TRY ENCOUAGING PEOPLE AND SOME TOLERANCE AND YOU MIGHT GET A REAL PERSON LIKE ME TO LISTEN. I KNOW YOU COULD. ALL THIS HATE AND VICIOUS ATTACKS AGAINST PEOPLE WHO SUPPORT YOU AND BELIEVE IT OR NOT I DO. YOU WRITE WELL,USE IT IN A POSITIVE FASHION. I VOTED FOR KENNEDY IT WAS DIFFERENT THEN. I WILL BARAK TOO. BUT THIS SHIT HAS TO STOP. I AM A VERY WELL KNOWN PROF HAVING WRITTEN TWO BOOKS. MY BIO IS FALSE BECAUSE OF SHIT LIKE THIS. DO SOMETHING GOOD NOT JUST BERATE PEOPLE ON THE BASIS OF NOTHING. I KNOW YOU CAN. IMPROVE THE PARTY DON'T DENAGRATE IT. HUMILITY IS A VIRTUE.

                    •  Take your own advice please (1+ / 0-)
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                      HUMILITY IS A VIRTUE.

                      but one you are too good for...

                      I AM A VERY WELL KNOWN PROF HAVING WRITTEN TWO BOOKS.

                      Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a Republican. But I repeat myself. - President Harry Truman

                      by notrouble on Sat Oct 11, 2008 at 03:27:15 PM PDT

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                      •  YOU JUST PROVED MY POINT (0+ / 0-)

                        SORRY I TRIED, THOUGH YOU KNOW I AM CORRECT AS ARE YOU. NOTICE THIS STARTED WITH A POINT ABOUT THE DIARY THAT EVEN ONE OF YOU AGREED WITH. AND DON'T QUOTE PEOPLE USE YOUR OWN THOUGHTS, THOUGH WE MUST LEARN FROM HISTORY. TRY CHURCHILL INSTEAD A REAL GREAT MAN FOR 70 YEARS. A REPUBLICAN I AM NOT BUT ALL YOU PEOPLE KNOW IS SOCILAISM. THAT 95% WHO WONT HAVE TAXES RAISED ONLY ACCOUNT FOR 2% OF THE REVENUE. AND WHERE IS ALL THIS ENTITLEMENT GOING TO COME FROM? FANNIE AND FREDDIE EVERYONE GETS A HOUSE? WHICH CAUSED THIS? BUSCH SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE BUT SO SHOULD OUR OWN.i HAVE LOST MORE THAN YOU 3 TIMES OVER BUT STILL HAVE FAITH  I PRAY EGO DIES AND AM HUMBLE. BOOKS MEAN NOTHING EXCEPT IF THEY MEAN SOMETHING. THIS MEANS SHIT TALKING TO KIDS WHO KNOW AGAIN NOTHING........YET     PEACE  THANKS FOR YOUR INPUT YOU ARE CORRECT BUT DON'T EVER INCINUATE OTHER GREAT PEOPLES WORDS AS YOUR OWN OR GOP AGAIN....PEACE    THANKS

                        •  Geezus fuck. Take your meds. (1+ / 0-)
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                          Sarah: You're an idiot. Come home.

                          by Endangered Alaskan Dem on Sat Oct 11, 2008 at 04:26:24 PM PDT

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                          •  HA HA TERRIBLE HUH AT MY AGE GOTCHA (0+ / 0-)

                            ONE DAY ONE DAY YOULL GET IT. YOU MUST LIKE IT I KEEP STRINGING YOU ALONG YOU'RE ALRIGHT

                          •  Could you please turn off (1+ / 0-)
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                            THE CAPS LOCK. Its how we identify internet idiots. Its considered rude and inconsiderate.

                            I will quote you if, and as, I please. If you don't like it you need to mind your words.

                            Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a Republican. But I repeat myself. - President Harry Truman

                            by notrouble on Sat Oct 11, 2008 at 05:16:54 PM PDT

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                          •  I WASN'T TALKING ABOUT ME (0+ / 0-)

                            AND YOU WERE NOT EVEN PART OF THE CONVERSATION. IT'S QUOTING TRUMAN GENIOUS, BEEN TO KEY WEST? I AM FLATTERED YOU QUOTED ME, OH BY THE WAY I HAVE TERRIBLE ARTHRITIS YOU FUCK. I HAVE EARNED THE RIGHT TO DO AS I CHOOSE. IT WAS PEOPLE LIKE ME IN MY 20'S IN THE 60'S THAT MARCHED, GOT SPAT ON, SHOT, BEAT, SO LITTLE FUCKERS LIKE YOU COULD DESTROY WHAT WAS ONCE GREAT. SOMEDAY YOU WILL UNDERSTAND WHY YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO CRITISIZE ME. I WROTE AND TEACH ON IT. IT'S ABOUT EVERYBODY NOT JUST WHAT YOUR SMALL EXPERIENCE DOESNT LIKE.. SAYING THAT I HOPE YOU FINISH HONORABLY WHAT WE STARTED AND I CONTINUE TO TEACH. PASIVE RESISTANCE NOT HATE  PEACE

  •  NBForrest did renounce the Klan near his death (0+ / 0-)

    or he had some sort of religious conversion in his last couple of years, before his funeral.

    iirc, there was something of a recant or denunciation on his tombstone...

    lemme look

    Mavericks? Try "Feral pigs": like other introduced mammals are major drivers of extinction and ecosystem change.

    by Theghostofkarlafayetucker on Sat Oct 11, 2008 at 02:22:29 AM PDT

    •  NB FORREST (0+ / 0-)

      yOU ARE CORRECT TRY READING A BIAGRAPHY WHAT ADVENTURES! tHE GREATEST CALVERY OFFICER EVER. tHANK YOU FOR NOT SLAMING ME IGNORANTLY

      •  What I was getting at is there was an original (0+ / 0-)

        tombstone from 1877, in which the "message" did not get duplicated when his remains were moved in the early 20th century.

        I read it years ago...or maybe it was a plaque at his small church.

        Not enough time this morning to look too deep.

        Mavericks? Try "Feral pigs": like other introduced mammals are major drivers of extinction and ecosystem change.

        by Theghostofkarlafayetucker on Sat Oct 11, 2008 at 02:37:28 AM PDT

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        •  your right (0+ / 0-)

          what i am saying is true, he gave near his death and before  speaches that are considered at the time and were attended by thousands that was really one of the first speaches in the south demanding blacks be treated with respect, humanely and stating there is no need for war between the races as well other things all true. yes he was a polarizing figue due to his almost beyond belief success in the war, but he did do these things

  •  deathbed repudiations are immaterial (0+ / 0-)

    all i said was, n.b. forrest was the first head of the klan. this is a fact. indisputable. all the ALL CAPS rants in the world can't change the accuracy of my statement.

    besides, st thomas aquinas repudiated his lifework on his deathbed, and yet we have been saddled with the effects of the  'summa theologica' to this day.

    and we are saddled with the effects of the klan to this day. hence the appropriateness of holding an expiatory ceremony on forrest's death day.

    and, for washington the city as distinguished from washington the capital, the combo of klan and g.p. marshall is inescapeable. so we might as well visibly acknowledge it.

    Bush Minor's 4,100 dead got us $4 gas. That's the Lying, Spying, Torture, Indifference and Incompetence Administration that McCain wants to prolong.

    by slangist on Sat Oct 11, 2008 at 09:42:50 PM PDT

    •  IM SORRY I HAVE ARTHRITIS AND CAN'T SPEAK JR (0+ / 0-)

      IT WAS NOT A DEATH CONFESSION. ALSO NO RANT. SIMPLE FACT. YES HE WAS FOR TWO YEARS THE NOMINAL HEAD BECAUSE OF WHO HE WAS. IT WAS DIFFERENT THEN, ONLY PROTECTIVE. HE LEFT WHEN THEY BECAME AGRESSIVE BUT IF YOU KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT RECONSTRUCTION IT WAS NOT JUST ABOUT RACE. HE THEN QUIT AS THE MAN HE WAS WHICH YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT. FEW DO. WHY DON'T YOU CONDEM CB DEMILL'S MOVIE DURING WW1 AT ITS VICIOUS HEIGHT. SOMTHING LIKE THE THE MILLION MAN MARCH AND SANCIONED BY WILSON? THE LAST TEN YEARS OF HIS LIFE WERE SPENT ON CIVIL RIGHTS. ONLY A MAN WITH HIS POWER OF FAME AND PERSONALITY DARED. THIS MAN IS VILLIFIED BY IGNORANT PEOPLE WHO KNOW NOTHING ABOUT HIM. A MAN OF HIS TIME? HE WAS 100 YEARS AHEAD. REASEARCH IT.

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