Bust of early KKK leader belongs in museum, not Capitol: Corker

By SARALYN NORKUS Staff Writer
Posted 8/16/17

On Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said he feels the bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest, an early leader of the Ku Klux Klan, has no place on the grounds of the Tennessee State …

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Bust of early KKK leader belongs in museum, not Capitol: Corker

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On Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said he feels the bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest, an early leader of the Ku Klux Klan, has no place on the grounds of the Tennessee State Capitol.

“This is a state issue and not something I’m involved in, but if I was in the General Assembly I would vote to remove his bust in the actual Capitol,” Corker stated.

Knowing that the statues and figures in debate are a part of history, Corker continued to stress the importance of them being placed in a museum and not displayed in places where “current ideals are debated.”

“I would support removing those type of history symbols that are contentious to our people and putting them in museums, not in places where our ideals are lifted up.”

As the outcry to remove Confederate statues from public places and government buildings increases, protestors in Tennessee have honed in on the bust of Forrest, which is displayed in the Capitol.

Gov. Bill Haslam has already gone on record and said that he does not believe Forrest is an individual who should be honored at the Capitol. He added that the General Assembly has set up a process to address the issue, and encouraged them to act.

Following the tragic events in Charlottesville, Va., Corker also readily condemned the actions of the “nationalist” protestors.

“It was despicable and groups that purport to be white supremacy groups, KKK groups or neo-Nazi groups and spread division and hate should be reprimanded for what they do,” Corker stated.

“It’s a free country and we have free speech in our country and peacefully people can certainly express themselves in ways they wish, but I want no part of it and our nation is better than that. I hope that the outcome here has been significant pushback in unity by our nation.”

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saralyn.norkus@clevelandbanner.com

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