Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Final Confederate statue comes down in New Orleans

In whose interest is it to erase awareness of the past?

As many onlookers cheered Friday, a crane hoisted the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from the top of a monument in New Orleans. It is the fourth, and final, Civil War-era landmark the city has removed since late April.

The effort to remove New Orleans' monuments has been part of a nationwide debate over Confederate symbols, which some argue represent slavery and injustice and others say represent history and heritage.

"Na na na na, hey, hey, hey, goodbye!" some in the crowd cheered as the statue was lowered onto a flatbed trailer.

Earlier, with work underway, Mayor Mitch Landrieu explained the city's reasons for removing the statue and other monuments at a private address.

The historical markers "celebrate a fictional, sanitized Confederacy, ignoring the death, ignoring the enslavement, ignoring the terror that it actually stood for. And after the Civil War, these monuments were part of that terrorism as much as burning a cross on someone's lawn," Landrieu said.

In a speech about the removal of the monuments, the mayor said they were landmarks that were not a true reflection of the city.
"To literally put the Confederacy on a pedestal in our more prominent places -- in honor -- is an inaccurate recitation of our full past, is an affront to our present and it is a bad prescription for our future," said Landrieu, the city's first white mayor since 1978, who is in his final term presiding over a city that is 60% African-American.



Anonymous said...

Quite similar to the ISIS loons destroying ancient monuments. The Dems once again firmly in the camp of barbarians who want the world remade in their twisted image. No past, no future, only the incessant mantra "the rulers know all and are all, we live to bow to their will" Fools all.

Anonymous said...

As the saying goes "Save your Dixie Cups the South will rise again".

Anonymous said...

Lee was a general's general.
Sad to see his memory erased because of his personal loyalty to his state.

Anonymous said...

Washington was one of the largest slave owners in Virginia and, with his wife, conspired to keep one of his assets enslaved - even after she had earned her freedom (see Ona Judge).
Will his memory be erased from history too?

Anonymous said...

"Those who do not remember history are doomed to repeat it." Do we really want to repeat the Civil War?

Anonymous said...

Radicalism defeats history until they are the next object of history purges. What don't these people understand about history that they are so willing to erase it? It reminds me of Russia after the revolution.

Stan B said...

Anon 12:14AM - The reason these people remind you of Russia after the Revolution is that Leftists see History as a tool for controlling the masses - whether they are Communists, Socialists, or Democrats.

Bird of Paradise said...

And soon they'll start with american icons to appease the so called refugees they want to force on us Liberals are Idiots

Use the Name, Luke said...


That's already being used as an excuse to disregard every single thing they said, wrote, or did.