by Max Brantley
Confederate sympathizers are trying to get a commemorative license plate in honor of Rebel general and KKK leader Nathan Bedford Forrest.
Forrest was accused of war crimes for allowing his troops to massacre black Union soldiers and Southern unionists. Memorials to him in Tennessee have provoked continuing protests over the years.
This resonates in Arkansas, of course, because Forrest City was named for Forrest, who based some operations at the site of today's city after the war while building a rail line between Little Rock and Memphis.
A David O. Dodd plate anyone?