Yesterday, we traveled to Selma to attend the Confederate Memorial Circle Celebration and Rededication at Live Oak Cemetery.
Some of my readers may recall how three years ago the Nathan Bedford Forrest bronze bust in Selma was stolen. Led by Rose Sanders (aka Faya Rose Touré), the local “civil rights” agitators had held a series of protests against it. They had dumped garbage on the monument. In a “mock lynching,” they tied a rope to the bust and attempted to yank it off its foundations. Finally, the bust disappeared in the middle of the night and was never seen again, in spite of a $20,000 reward for information leading to its recovery.
When the Friends of Forrest hired KTK Mining to replace the bust, the protests against it resumed. About 20 civil rights protesters laid in the path of a concrete truck in an effort to disrupt the construction. Selma Police Chief William Riley ordered work stopped at the site because of the protesters. A month later, the Selma City Council voted to stop construction on the monument. This brought about a federal lawsuit which the Selma City Council ultimately lost and was forced to pay out $100,000 in damages to KTK and cede Confederate Circle to the United Daughters of the Confederacy.
After this long ordeal, General Forrest is finally back where he belongs:
It was a beautiful day in Selma.
The warm weather, the huge oak trees, the Spanish moss, and the Confederate Battle Flags flapping in the breeze was the perfect backdrop for the ceremony which was very impressive. We arrived thirty minutes late and only got to hear a few of the speeches. Unfortunately, my son was extremely cranky and we had to cut our trip short after he got sick. I didn’t get to stick around and snap as many photos or talk to as many people as I had planned to.
Check these out though:
The inscription reads “Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori” and translates as “it is sweet and right to die for your country.” The line comes from the Roman poet Horace’s Odes and “exhorts Roman citizens to develop martial prowess such that the enemies of Rome, in particular the Parthians, will be too terrified to resist them.”
Today, I can’t help but note that their descendants are terrified, not of the Parthians, but of being seen in public and called a “racist” by SJW bloggers like this guy:
Is it any small wonder then that 150 years after the Battle of Selma and the end of the War Between the States that Selma looks like this?