Nathan B. Forrest High School in Jacksonville, Florida, home to the fighting Confederate Rebels, is named after a former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard and confederate general. It has been since 1959, when administrators changed the name to show their defiance to school integration laws enforced by Brown v Board of Education. But town residents, fed up with kowtowing to racial extremists, are looking to change that.
A lot of people have signed an online petition asking for a name change, but this decision ultimately comes down to the school board, and the school board has voted to keep the name as recently as 2008. Things looked bad for the name change, but the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan decided to send a letter to the school board urging them to keep the name despite the protests of "scalawags" and "many bestial blacks and other criminal elements out for revenge." I'm thinking this letter of support might be the sort of thing to tip the scales against the Nathan B. Forrest name. It's easy for people to justify their racism until the pointy-hatted bigots show up, at which point they've got to stare their racism right in the face. Maybe the KKK should come out in support of more internet bigots; that seems like it might be the only way for some people to acknowledge their own bigotry.