A black Mississippi man who often dressed in Confederate regalia to support the state flag has died in a one-car accident.
The Highway Patrol says 49-year-old Anthony Hervey was killed Sunday when the 2005 Ford Explorer he was driving left the roadway and overturned on Mississippi Highway 6 in Lafayette County.
A passenger in Harvey’s car, Arlene Barnum, tells The Associated Press that Hervey swerved and crashed after another vehicle carrying four or five young black men pulled up alongside them, yelling and looking angry.
Meanwhile, in Memphis, angry vandals decided to get started on digging up Nathan Bedford Forrest’s grave.
A group of anti-Confederate protesters aren’t happy enough with the declaration by the city of Memphis that it wants to dig up and move the remains of Confederate general Nathan Bedford Forrest.
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.
Regardless of what you think about much of the history of the American South, there are a lot of angles to it. For the average Southerner who had a family member fight in the Civil War, something important to consider is that they were probably just fighting for their state, and fighting for their fellows.
Most of those guys in the blue weren’t all hell-bent on crushing the Southern way of life, and most of those guys in the gray weren’t slave owners. The Union and Confederate enlisted men had plenty in common, came from the same kind of economic backgrounds, and if someone’s grandparent fought for one side or the other, that’s part of their history and heritage. They weren’t all Sherman’s marauding bummers or slave-whipping guards at Andersonville.
It was the bloodiest war in US history, but it’s a war that’s been over and done for a long time. The only reason it’s being dragged back up is because it can be used as a wedge by the left to go after an element of American society.
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Also, thinking about it yesterday, there’s some very deep irony in Forrest being dug up by Democrats when he’s mostly well known for being an influential early member of a rather infamous political activist group that was formed to fight against Republican political activist groups like the Loyal Leagues and Grand Army of the Republic.
But one again, this isn’t a reasoned debate about history or historical figures, this is about not letting a crisis go to waste and using a deranged killer to push any part of their agenda that will get through.