Trent Lott

Time to destroy the Confederacy once and for all

Time to destroy the Confederacy once and for all

On Nov. 20, 2002, while teaching at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, I published an essay in The Tennessean newspaper criticizing a taxpayer-funded statue of Confederate general Nathan Bedford Forrest. My recollection is that I received about 800 hate messages via email — saying things like "I hope you are killed in the most violent, bloody way possible by another worthless jigaboo ni**er!!!" with the unnecessary coda "HEIL HITLER!!!" — and postal mail (including a miniature Confederate flag sent to me months later at my new office at MIT). Vanderbilt received over 1,000 emails and phone calls.

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