Wednesday, October 23, 2013

A Modest Proposal

Down in Jacksonville, Florida...

A city named after Confederate Civil War leader Andrew Jackson...

So nothing that follows should be very surprising...

...has a high school named (in 1959, the year of The Blog's birth,) after Lt. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest.

War hero or traitor? The Blog reports. You decide.

While you are deciding, figure this into your equation.

Lt. Gen. Forrest was, also, the first "Grand Dragon" of the Klu Klux Klan.

                                                       Yeah, he was one hell of a guy!

Fifty four years later, many of the good folks in Jacksonville have realized that a school named after the "Original G" ("G" as in Grand Dragon,) might be distasteful and reflect poorly on the community.

Those folks are calling for a name change.

A move that would, probably, be uncontroversial, if it wasn't for the fact that there are still enough Klansmen out there to oppose the name change.

Here is a bit of literary and cinematic trivia for you...

                       Nathan Bedford Forrest was the man that Forrest Gump was named after.

It's true.

Winston Groom says so in his novel...

(Hands down the most poorly written novel The Blog has ever read. I posted something about that some time back. Go find it yourself.)

... And repeated in the movie adaptation.

(One of the best movies of The Blog's lifetime.)

(Again, see the earlier post that I just made you search for.)

Because The Blog is a uniter...

I propose a compromise.

Rename the high school "Forrest Gump High."

Problem solved.

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