A group of militant Black protesters connected to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (which Martin Luther King, Jr once led) is attempting to stop the reconstruction of a small monument to Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest on private property in Selma, Alabama. The anti-White and anti-Southern protesters are quoted as saying that preventing the construction of the monument is a matter of their ‘freedom.’ Some have claimed they are willing to go to jail over the monument and tossed about threats of ‘direct action.’ Melissa McKinney has the story for WSFA 12:
Renewed protests over a controversial monument. And this time, protestors [sic] say they’re ready to go to jail.
The protestors are opposed to a bust going up in a Selma cemetery.
It’s a bust of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest, who they say was also a violent racist responsible for killing people.
This is the second time supporters have wanted to put up the bust.
The first time, it was stolen.
“I’m ready to march right now. I’m ready to march right now. Ain’t nothing wrong with going to jail because we’re marching for freedom!” says Charles Steele, Jr. with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
Notice how this anti-Southern protester equating telling others what they can do on their property with his freedom. What sort of freedom is this?
…”This individual is the equivalent of Osama Bin Laden,” says one protester.
The hyperbole was apparently flowing freely at this protest.
…Protesters asked the City of Selma to get involved and halt the construction. But because Confederate Circle is privately owned, city officials opted to stay out of the situation.