School Named after KKK Leader Refuses to Change Its Name Despite Half of Students Being Black and Community Campaign

Simon Tomlinson, Daily Mail (London), September 13, 2013

A Florida school opened in honour of a murderous Ku Klux Klan leader is refusing to change its name despite a high-profile campaign by the community.

Nathan Bedford Forrest High School was named after the first Grand Wizard of the KKK who as a Confederate General during the Civil War reportedly oversaw the systematic slaughter of some 200 black soldiers.

The school opened in 1959 with white students only and was given the name because white civic leaders wanted to protest a court decision calling for the integration of public schools.

Today, however, more than half of the students are African American.

A petition with around 75,000 signatures is now urging the Duval County School District (DCSD) to change the name to help heal racial division in the community.

It was set up by black resident Omotayo Richmond, who says in his introduction: ‘I moved to Jacksonville from Long Island 12 years ago. Since then, I’ve put down roots here.

‘I’ve helped raise a beautiful daughter here. This place is my home now, and the people who live here deserve better than a high school named for the first Grand Wizard of the KKK.

‘I don’t want my daughter, or any student, going to a school named under those circumstances. This is a bad look for Florida — with so much racial division in our state, renaming Forrest High would be a step toward healing.’

But the DCSD says the process for changing the name ultimately rests with the school board so it doesn’t matter how many people sign the petition, it was reported by The Washington Post.

The board rejected a similar request by the School Advisory Council in April 2007 by 5-2, but those who voted against it have since left.

Lt General Nathan Bedford Forrest has long been a polarising figure in the South.

While some people celebrate him as a Civil War hero who sought to uphold the region’s independence, others count him among the most reviled racists in American history.

Besides his role as the first leader of the KKK, Forrest is perhaps best known for ordering his troops to massacre hundreds of African American Union soldiers who surrendered after the Battle of Fort Pillow in 1864.

Before the Civil War broke out, Forrest was one of the richest men in the South. He owned a cotton plantation in Tennessee and untold numbers of slaves.

He became so successful at human trafficking, he opened a slave trading business in Memphis.

During the war, he became known for his brilliant strategic and tactical skills. In 1864, he led 1,600 Confederate soldiers in an attack on Fort Pillow in Tennessee, which was defended by both black and white Union soldiers.

After the soldiers surrendered, Forrest reportedly oversaw the systematic slaughter of some 200 black soldiers, who were singled out for death, while their white comrades were allowed to surrender.

Following the end of the war, Forrest joined the KKK, which was founded by former Confederate soldiers who were attempting to bring freed slaves back under white control.

He served as the first Grand Wizard, the leader of the vigilante group, as it waged a campaign of terror against blacks and white sympathizers – murdering and lynching hundreds and beating hundreds more.

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  • D.B. Cooper

    Let them change the name to Booker T. Washington High, Martin Luther King High, or Rosa Parks High. It will be easier to identify it as the failing school I know it to be.
    Truthfully, I suspect they don’t want to be associated with one certain Mr. Gump.

    • Gislia Jackson

      Booker T. was okay, in my opinion. He used Tuskegee to train blacks to be carpenters and maids, among other things. He probably did not deserve his degree from Harvard, but he tried to help his fellow people by training them to do tasks that they were capable of. Of course, they hated the fact that he made them work on the campus farm, which provided the school with vegetables for the cafeteria. But he did try to teach his “brothers and sisters” professions that they were capable of.

    • Diversity Awareness Brigade

      I’m mostly offended that they aren’t also demanding changing the name of Firestone Drive to “Saint Revered Doctor Martin Luther King Slain Civil Rights Leader and Icon Drive.”

  • Omotayo Richmond?
    Vowel consonant vowel consonant vowel consonant vowel?
    He must be Japanese.

    • The original article says Richmond is a black originally from New York, which makes him the worst sort of carpetbagger.

  • Spartacus

    “Besides his role as the first leader of the KKK, Forrest is perhaps best
    known for ordering his troops to massacre hundreds of African American
    Union soldiers who surrendered after the Battle of Fort Pillow in 1864.”


    The heroes of the race are still an inspiration, even today .

    • Stentorian_Commentator

      The thing is, it’s b.s. William Tecumseh Sherman had investigated Fort Pillow, and concluded that Forrest and his officers had acted promptly to stop the shooting of those who were trying to surrender. That he ordered the shooting is a lie. I fully believe that if Sherman had a shred of evidence that Forrest ordered the shootings, he would have taken the opportunity to have Forrest shot or hanged.

      • Spartacus


      • Romulus

        As as I’m concerned Sherman can burn in hell for all eternity!

        • Your wish has pretty much been fulfilled. His final resting place is in Calvary Cemetery in St. Louis, which is in Chocolate City, Bell Curve as far as the eye can see in all directions.

          • Romulus

            A fitting end. May he enjoy eternal diversity where the sun doesn’t shine!!
            Thank you for your comment!

        • Gislia Jackson

          The march to the sea was pretty horrific.

          • Romulus

            Remember the movie COLD MOUNTAIN and the part where the Yankees we’re trying to rape Natalie Portman. That was quite common practice by them. You know, the morally “superior” North.
            I mean no disrespect to the decent northern folk.

          • Sick of it

            Again, the descendants of those self righteous oh-so-moral people are the modern anti-God liberals. If only people had realized what they were back then.

          • Romulus

            Did you notice that your comment on the rockefellers evaporated!!.
            As did my response to J.E.’s little you tube video on the “renaming FORREST’s school”?? It’s true that so many believed what the politicians told them but even so many Irish fresh off the boat went straight into the battle. I struggle to comprehend their motivations. By freeing the Dixie labor force the Yankees were putting themselves out of work. So WHY?. Then willingly murder your own race by the hundreds of thousands over groids ?? *sigh*

            Now witness the legacy of not returning them to the dark continent.

          • Sick of it

            The Rockefellers are a major segment of the tribe which has targeted us for destruction. Inquiries into their affairs as early as the 1950s showed the incredible amount of control they had over America economically, politically, in the realm of education, and even in the realm of religion. Read The Rockefeller File by Gary Allen. I’ve read some of the books he cites as well.

          • Romulus

            That was a great read by ALLEN. I have a copy of it.

          • Sick of it

            Yes, the hundreds of billions of (1970s) dollars under their control seems more than a bit ridiculous. Talk about the pink elephant in the room that people studiously avoid. Same regarding their corporate mergers which followed real life mergers (i.e. marriages).

          • Romulus

            I have another interesting read for you. If.. Like myself you detest the especially HAPPY rainbow people, give the book The Pink Triangle a browse. It describes a prescribed antidote to those particular deviants by the go-to bogeymen of Europe.

          • Sick of it

            I’m more in favor of expulsion than unnecessary violence. Let other nations suffer all the more for the things they support.

          • Major

            ” to the decent northern folk.”

            Are there any left that haven’t entered the Twilight Zone of gun grabbers, crime, grime and nanny staters? Or any that haven’t over taxed and taken away individual rights and freedoms over the past 50 years? Out of the 13 Original Colonies that signed the Declaration and signed onto the BOR…about 10 of them are demcrat fascist prison camps.

    • negrolocaust

      all in MARYLAND. the gun laws change on october 1st. state police are
      adding extra officers to process gun applications. please pass this
      message along. thank you NEGROLOCAUST!!!!!!

  • amourpropre

    So long as there exist real Southerners (i.e., real Americans), the story of Forrest and the Critter Company will continue to excite admiration. But, of course, the future of this country does not belong to real Southerners; it belongs to individuals with names like Omotayo, carpetbaggers who, having “put down roots” in the South, presume to be able to tell Southerners whom they ought to be able to admire.

  • bigone4u

    As a white person, I am offended at having to sometimes drive on a street called MLK Drive. MLK was a communist woman beater. Why should he be honored but not Forrest? But my feelings have no clout compared to the feelings of one Omotayo Richmond. I am as Heinlein might put it, a “stranger in a strange land” that is multicult Amerika.

    • capnmorgan5150

      Don’t forget plagiarist and whoremonger.

    • exlib93

      What about Malcolm X Boulevard (NYC)? He hated whites, and made no effort to hide it. That’s okay?

  • Spartacus

    Alright people, repeat after me : Anti-racist is a code-word for anti-White .

  • jane johnson

    The school is my hometown in N. Florida. Every few years, someone, usually a transplanted northerner, starts whining about Forrest and the KKK. He’s considered a hero by most southerners, and the name remains the same.

  • dd121

    The so-called slaughter occurred because the cowardly blacks tried to flee rather than participate in a fair fight. Forrest was the one of the greatest military minds and didn’t have formal military training. As for the KKK, whites had to create that organization to protect themselves from the excesses of Reconstruction.
    Heal racial divisions? The left does everything they can provoke blacks into hating whites.

    • Romulus

      You cannot “heal racial divisions”. It is not possible to make humanity one race. I will keep repeating this very simple factoid until I drum it into Americas head.

      • TheAntidote

        It’s not even possible to close the learning gap; it’s also not possible to level the playing field if the players are unequal.

        • Romulus

          Correct. Even when Nubia ruled Egypt, it didn’t last very long. The original Egyptians and the nubians are two different people. Today they are comprises of a larger Arab population with an admixture of black.

          Racial animus is directly correlated to the fact that humanity is made up of different races all living on top of each other in America ,each battling for hegemony.

  • shawnmer

    This is a bad look for Florida — with so much racial division in our state, renaming Forrest High would be a step toward healing.’

    Notice as I do how said “steps toward healing” always, ALWAYS mean folding towards whatever is the black position. Any competent PR con artist would propose ceding some ground, even if only rhetorical, towards your opponents once in a while.

    Until this “healing” takes on a meaning other than a slow-walk of unequivocal white surrender, disguised as “healing,” *** off!

    • DonReynolds

      If anyone wants to take a step toward healing…..advise them to step back out of reach. I graduated from Middle Tennessee State (twice) and the defense of Forrest was a regular event on campus for much more than the 9 years I attended. (He was the school mascot and his Blue Raiders were the school sports teams.) Yeah, they finally got Forrest banned and now we have some kind of flying unicorn……no kidding. We give up the best Confederate cavalry general and we get My Little Pony to take his place…..with rainbows everywhere! Yeah….ask me for a donation!

      • Major

        Can they buy unicorn farts now at the concessions?

      • Sick of it

        Considering that the Rockefellers were known for providing 20% of all endowments to institutions of higher learning years before I was born, the universities probably don’t care what the average alumni thinks.

  • bubo

    I happen to be a graduate of this school. It was a decent school when I graduated. Probably a solid C. Mostly white with black and Filipino making up probably 30 percent.

    Now it’s mostly black and gravitates between a low D and F rating most years. Changing the name will not change anything, normal adults know this. The leftists and cultural Marxists behind these demands don’t deal in reality. They have no answers for black failure besides blaming whites, so they seize on things like names and symbols to obfuscate the reality of the situation. Hint: it’s IQ, it will always be IQ.

    Rename it Obama X Academy of Social Justice and make the mascot a pyramid flying black ‘gypshun and be done with it. It will still be an F school.

    • DonReynolds

      Don’t rename it anything. CLOSE IT. Let it sit empty as living proof of the futility of trying to educate those who do not want to learn. They do not need a school to be stupid.

      • Major

        “Black schools’ are nothing more than a warehouse and holding pen until they’re unleashed against society in general. Then the prison system awaits them.

  • Diversity Awareness Brigade

    The reason the name wasn’t changed last time the voodoo bantu mau maus “mobilized for action” is because the SCV put out a booklet showing that Forrest had once advocated for civil rights in a speech. What will the Whiteys come up with this time? Open membership for Diversity?

  • His great-grandson was an Army Air Force general during World War Two and stayed at the controls of his crippled bomber in order to let the crew bail out. He was KIA when it blew up, the first US general KIA during the war.

    • Sick of it

      Sounds like a good family all in all. The pieces of garbage who run this country don’t put their precious persons in such danger.

      • Bon can post glorious pictures, but when you get military history, I try to deliver.

        Where’s Bon, anyway?

        • Sick of it

          He had been posting.

  • Boris McGuffin

    Saint Trayvon Martin Luther King High School

    • lily-white

      thanks.. your post saved me the trouble… lol…


    I just knew it had to be some scummer from Long Island

  • Lewis33

    I recall watching a documentary a few years ago and some West Point teacher was explaining how they still teach Forrest’s tactics there today…how long before somebody wants to outlaw that? “It doesn’t matter if it works because, its racccistsss.”

  • Jenkem Huffington

    “change the name to help heal racial division in the community”

    Oh yes. I’m sure as soon as they change that school name the blacks will just start behaving themselves like white Europeans. [/sarcasm]

  • DonReynolds

    The lie is always in what was left out of the article.
    It is questionable if Forrest was ever Grand Wizard of the KKK ……BUT it was Forrest who ordered that it be DISBANDED in 1869.
    Fort Pillow was hardly a serious event. William Sherman investigated and found nothing improper on the part of Forrest……the fort refused to surrender and under the rules of war current at the time the attacker had every right to slaughter the defenders. (The very same rule that permitted Santa Anna to butcher all the defenders of the Alamo, some years before.)
    Plenty of blacks live in Forrest City, Arkansas….a town founded by Forrest when he built the railroad through the area.
    Nathan Bedford Forrest was not best known for his brief role in the KKK or the taking of Ft. Pillow. He was best known as the best Confederate cavalry commander of the entire war, admired by friend and foe alike, for his ability, leadership, and genius.

    • ShermanTMcCoy

      Don, get over to the original article and start commenting, before they close them.

      • Kit Ingoldby

        They are ‘prescreening’ all comments on the original article.

        I wonder why?…..

  • DonReynolds

    In 1875, Forrest gave the following speech to an organization of black Southerners, regarding the need for racial reconciliation:

    “Ladies and Gentlemen I accept the flowers as a memento of reconciliation between the white and colored races of the southern states. I accept it more particularly as it comes from a colored lady, for if there is any one on God’s earth who loves the ladies I believe it is myself. ( Immense applause and laughter.) I came here with the jeers of some white people, who think that I am doing wrong. I believe I can exert some influence, and do much to assist the people in strengthening fraternal relations, and shall do all in my power to elevate every man to depress none. (Applause.) I want to elevate you to take positions in law offices, in stores, on farms, and wherever you are capable of going. I have not said anything about politics today. I don’t propose to say anything about politics. You have a right to elect whom you please; vote for the man you think best, and I think, when that is done, you and I are freemen. Do as you consider right and honest in electing men for office. I did not come here to make you a long speech, although invited to do so by you. I am not much of a speaker, and my business prevented me from preparing myself. I came to meet you as friends, and welcome you to the white people. I want you to come nearer to us. When I can serve you I will do so. We have but one flag, one country; let us stand together. We may differ in color, but not in sentiment Many things have been said about me which are wrong, and which white and black persons here, who stood by me through the war, can contradict. Go to work, be industrious, live honestly and act truly, and when you are oppressed I’ll come to your relief. I thank you, ladies and gentlemen, for this opportunity you have afforded me to be with you, and to assure you that I am with you in heart and in hand.”

    • Well, there goes my respect for Forrest.

      • Major

        Guess he was the fore runner of the same “diversity’ PC that’s polluting the ranks and gave us Hassan and Ft. hood.

    • me

      Any time you help out the Bantu, you get evil in return. They love to bite the hand that feeds them.

    • dd121

      I wish Democrats and libs were giving blacks that advice now instead of whining how racism (whites) is holding them down.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    From the article:

    Nathan Bedford Forrest, a slave trader and the first “grand wizard” of the Klu Klux Klan….legacy of hate… slaughtered and terrorized blacks… a man who murdered and victimized many Blacks in his lifetime…. remembered for slaughtering black soldiers of the U.S. Colored Heavy Artillery at Fort Pillowafter they had already surrendered.

    This article is about nothing but ignorance, re-written history, media bias and racism.

    Slaughter at Ft. Pillow:

    From Jack Hurst’s Nathan Bedford Forrest, A Biography:

    “Captain W. A. Goodman, Chalmers’ adjutant general and bearer of the (surrender) note, said later he clearly remembered the offer to treat the entire garrison as prisoners of war ‘because when the note was handed to me, there was discussion about it among the officers present, and it was asked whether it was intended to include Negro soldiers as well as the white; to which both General Forrest and General Chalmers (one of Forrest’s brigade commanders) replied that it was so intended.’”

    “A U.S. Congressional investigation exonerated Forrest of any wrongdoing at Fort Pillow, although the incident became the stuff of northern newspaper propaganda. Sherman later noted that the disproportionate casualties at the fort were the result of incompetent Union command.”

    Leader of the Klan:

    “When Forrest was elected Grand Wizard of the Klan in mid-1867 at the Maxwell House Hotel in Nashville, he wasn’t even in town. He was elected in absentia. The best scholarly research shows that Forrest never “led the Klan,” he never “rode with” the Klan, nor did he ever own any Klan paraphernalia.

    The only known order that Forrest issued using his famous name and perceived authority was for the KKK to disband in 1869, which it finally did in 1871. And even that order was written by his longtime friend and former chief artillery officer, Capt. John Watson Morton.”

    http: // dixieoutfitters dot com/p/forrest-kkk-a-myth

    Also from the article:

    instill in our young scholars…I challenge governing bodies to create a better future by honoring a less shameful past.

    Then name the school after black martyr, scholar and saint Trayvon Martin and be done with it.


  • DonReynolds

    History records that AFTER the Ft. Pillow victory, Forrest put 14 of the most seriously wounded colored troops on a US Federal steamer, so they could be transported for medical attention. Another 39 colored troops, taken prisoner at Ft. Pillow, were transferred to the custody of Confederate authorities. Not much of a massacre. He could have added another 53 to the pile, but extended mercy and clemency instead.

  • MBlanc46

    Omotayo Richmond gives new meaning to the word “carpetbagger”, doesn’t he?

    • me

      I have other names for that Bantu.

  • me

    Hear, hear!

  • ShermanTMcCoy

    You know, they SHOULD change the name. It doesn’t deserve to be named after a great man.

  • Libs are We Todd Ed

    I agree with mr tomato umbuga-buga, the school’s name should be changed to reflect the times.

    We should call it the Channon Gail Christian and Hugh Christopher Newsom, Jr Memorial High School.

  • Gislia Jackson

    I guess you prefer the philosophy of W.E.B. Dubouis over that of Booker T.

  • Romulus

    You should visit LEE’s resting place someday. I could almost feel his presence when I first went there.

  • Romulus

    With each and every vote you give, you only demonstrate what I’ve suspected all along. Your a fraud. I can only hope that you have another encounter with diversity someday.

    In my opinion, I think you’d be Mutch happier trolling for the $plc.

  • Romulus

    I’ve been to Grants too. American military history is something I enjoy. Particularly the civil war. Such tragedy.

  • Sick of it

    Congratulations on being a new addition to the country. My ancestors built up this land from dirt and trees and mud puddles to the greatest nation on earth.

  • Gislia Jackson

    I agree with you fully there.

  • Tarczan

    This is detailed in “Gone With The Wind”. This book is really quite a racialist work.
    Neither the book nor the movie would be made today. Some of the descriptions of black behavior in it could honestly be lifted from the Amren comments section.

    • Alexandra1973

      Believe it or not I never read it. Well, I’m at the library….

  • TheAntidote

    That is true. Originally the KKK was used for vigilante justice, the stopping of redistribution, and forming blacks into work gangs. NBF left the klan because it got violent and terroristic. In later years NBF spoke to black groups, trying to influence them to learn trades and be good citizens.

  • BarnyL

    Will the blacks be renaming their organisations to appease Whites?

    Don’t hold your breath guys.

  • Blacks stopped being imported before Forrest’s business days. All he did was buy and sell them.

  • Alexandra1973

    The KKK wasn’t all that bad…until the Freemasons took over. Look up Albert Pike.
    My understanding is that the first incarnation of the KKK came about to protect white women from black lechery.

  • Spartacus

    We did learn about American history in school, but it was mostly superficial. I learned most of what I know about the Civil War and other parts of American history from the internet, Wikipedia and so forth , as well as several history books that I bought from the book shop .