The bronze bust of Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest in Live Oak Cemetery in Selma has disappeared.
It was stolen in the middle of the night on March 9th. The Sons of Confederate Veterans is offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to the return of the monument.
The Montgomery Advertiser article fails to mention that Al Sharpton was in town all week leading a march by Organized Blackness from Selma to Montgomery over the spread of Voter ID laws.
The Forrest bust mysteriously disappeared on the same night as the Sharpton rally in Montgomery. It hasn’t been spotted in any of the local scrap metal places. The manner in which it was stolen suggests it was an anti-Confederate political statement.
This could be another case of the scrap metal thieves who stole the copper sword above Lincoln’s tomb last year. The timing suggests otherwise.
Organized Blackness was quick to react to the crime:
“Attorney Faya Rose Toure, the most vocal Forrest critic in Selma, said she didn’t have anything to do with the disappearance, but she is happy it happened and even volunteered to defend the guilty party or parties —if caught —“free of charge.”
“(Forrest) was a domestic terrorist, and I think the man who took (the bust) did us all a favor,” said Toure, formerly known as Rose Sanders, the wife of state Sen. Hank Sanders, D-Selma…
It didn’t take long for angry black Selmians to begin calling for the monument’s removal. Protests included the dumping of garbage on it. Demonstrators once tossed a rope around the bust and tried to yank it off the heavy base. It broke.
“Jews would not tolerate a statue of Hitler in their neighborhood and what they put up in our neighborhood back then was pretty much the same thing,” Toure said. “Descendants of those who enslaved us insist on honoring someone with Klan connections.”
If Toure had her way, the Forrest monument would be removed from Selma. She said it has “no place” on public property.”
Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest is best remembered for the manner in which he dealt with the Black Undertow.
How would the real Nathan Bedford Forrest have dealt with the likes of Al Sharpton and Faya Rose Toure? Would he have responded to such an insult like Connie Chastain?
White Southerners can learn a lot from Nathan Bedford Forrest. Foremost among these lessons is how we should have responded to Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement.
Note: If there had been more Nathan Bedford Forrests and fewer Connie Chastains in the last generation, Selma wouldn’t be an uninhabitable Black Undertow city today.
The loss of this bronze bust of Forrest is less important than the loss of Selma, Dallas County, and the whole Black Belt region to White people, not to mention Birmingham, because MLK succeeded in getting the Voting Rights Act shoved down our throats.