Wayne Flynt on Selma Monument Controversy
Protesters backed by several civil rights groups will march in Selma Tuesday afternoon, protesting a planned monument to Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest. The project is supposed to replace a bust of Forrest which was stolen earlier this year. While supporters say he was a military genius, Forrest was also an early Ku Klux Klan leader, making him a symbol of hate according to opponents.
Alabama is no stranger to these types of conflict, so we asked for some perspective from former Auburn University history professor Wayne Flynt. He told WBHM’s Andrew Yeager what’s happening in Selma is an example of “separate communities celebrating a separate past.”
~ Andrew Yeager, September 25, 2012