Letters to the Editor

City of Hollywood should not honor Confederate

It defies belief that in 21st-century America, the Hollywood City Commission is committed to 19th-century ideals and icons. If this is an unfair characterization of our commissioners, how does one explain their adamant refusal to rename Forrest Street.

Nathan Bedford Forrest was a Lt. General in the Confederate Army.

He fought savagely to destroy the American government and was responsible for the death of thousands of men, women, children and infants.

How can contemporary American officials justify immortalizing such a depraved individual?

Forrest waved the flag of truce at Fort Pillow. When it was honored, Forrest waited for a while and then stormed the fort, massacring all that moved.

After the war, he became the grand wizard of the KKK and began terrorizing and lynching blacks.

How can these politicians make excuses to lionize Forrest?

What happened to our lofty American ideals and values?

There are no streets in white neighborhoods named for Nat Turner. No white areas in America have streets named Malcolm X or Frederick Douglass — and they never killed anyone.

Candor dictates that we show no surprise at the prevailing archaic attitudes. Although we are in 21st-century America, there has never been a black member of the Hollywood City Commission.

For blacks in Hollywood, it’s “back to the future.” It’s taxation without representation.

Candor also says that there is a moral minority on the commission that wishes to do the right thing, but the intransigent majority persist in preserving Forrest’s name.

They claim it is too expensive to change the signs.

Yet they spent some $30 million on fancy pavers and other knick-knacks in Young Circle and let’s not forget some $70 million spent on Margaritaville.

Benjamin Israel,