Mississippi license plate to celebrate early KKK leader 

WHAT: Mississippi is being pushed by the Sons of Confederate Veterans to issue a specialty license plate honoring controversial Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest.

WHY IT’S OUTRAGEOUS: Forrest led a notorious 1864 massacre of black Union troops at Fort Pillow, Tenn., and was a Ku Klux Klan grand wizard after the war.

WHAT’S THE REACTION: The state National Association for the Advancement of Colored People president said he is generally OK with Civil War commemorative plates — but not with Forrest, who led “a terrorist group.”

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