Just when you thought the hippie protestor movement couldn’t sink any “lower”, a group of protestors in Memphis, TN have outdone themselves once again by digging up the grave of a confederate general who has been dead for 137 years. What is this going to accomplish, you might ask? Well that would be a good question. Aside from destroying and vandalizing a beautiful park and local cemetery, nobody is quite sure what message these protestors are trying to convey.
The confederate general in question, Nathan Bedford Forrest, was a known slave trader and according to many historians, was basically an all-around evil guy. But let’s face it, this was the freakin’ 1800s. There were many terrible people in this country, both slave traders and otherwise, should we go around and dig up all of their graves and desecrate them for their actions 200 years ago?!? Don’t these hippies have something more productive to do?! Something that could actually make a difference in today’s society?!
According to CBS — “We are going to bring the back hoe, the tractors and the men with the equipment to raise Bedford Forrest from the soil of Memphis,” Isaac Richmond with the “Commission on Religion and Racism” declared to awaiting TV cameras,
Richmond ran unsuccessfully for Congress last year.
He believes if the general who died 137 years ago can just be eliminated, that will really help things.
“If he’s gone, some of this racism and race-hate might be gone,” he said, shovel in hand. “We got a fresh shovel full, and we hope that everybody else will follow suit and dig him up.”
Others see their actions as little more than destruction of property.
“They can protest all they want. Just because they don’t like it, doesn’t mean they are right. Digging up the park is just pure and simple vandalism,” says Lee Millar, spokesman Sons of Confederate Veterans.
“We really don’t want to make this a confrontation. We just want to say hey, we want to get on with it!” Richmond insists.
Since the protestors have already dug below the earth’s surface, one can only imagine how much lower they can stoop. Hopefully the Massachusetts hippies don’t follow suit and try to destroy local cemeteries instead of going out and finding work.