As a youngster, I loved Tulane University. I grew up in the shadows of the massive Tulane Stadium on campus and enjoyed attending many football games with my family. I participated in their basketball camp, worked tirelessly as a ball boy for the baseball team and loved playing pick-up football and basketball games with friends at various sites on the campus.
Unfortunately, the Tulane University of yesteryear is long gone. Today, it is a hyper progressive university stuffed with card carrying liberals serving as administrators, professors, and students. Conservatives need not apply or even attempt to break through the liberal stranglehold.
Early this morning another man was killed on the streets of New Orleans. It was barely mentioned in local media, just another murder victim and the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) provided few details. These regular incidents of crime spark little outrage from the public.
In contrast, last week, protesters marched throughout the city promoting the abolishment of the NOPD and the agenda of Black Lives Matter. The tragic death of George Floyd sparked national outrage. There are needed discussions that must be held regarding police reform, but it should not overlook the good work that most police officers do daily.
I get it.
I get that millions of People, mainly white, do not like symbols and icons of the past to be swept away and suddenly Gone with the Wind. I understand that people are angry. They view the confederate flags and statues to be symbols of white supremacy, slavery, and oppression. I see why African Americans are afraid for their sons or their brothers to go to the corner drug store or take a run in the park.
It has been over two years since the self-centered former Mayor of New Orleans, Mitch Landrieu, removed four historic monuments without a vote of the people. In a bid to garner national attention and praise from liberal media outlets, Landrieu labeled the monuments “racist” and symbols of the “Cult of the Lost Cause.” His cynical campaign was an attempt to minimize the importance and significance of monuments that had stood in the city of New Orleans for over 100 years.
The new Mayor of New Orleans, LaToya Cantrell, has been saddled with many problems, courtesy of Mitch Landrieu, her self-serving predecessor. There is the ongoing crime crisis, highlighted by this morning’s double murder in the Desire neighborhood. Cantrell is also facing a Sewerage and Water Board debacle which became much worse during the Landrieu years. In addition, she faces the ongoing problems of potholes, homelessness, blight, drugs, poverty and the high unemployment rate, especially among African American males.
I know that in some communities and in some circles, it is not politically-correct to say anything positive about now ex-New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu.
Ever since he fought the battle of the confederate monuments, to a large block of Louisiana voters, he has crossed the wrong side of the proverbial Mason Dixon line. Even worse, he spent time at the Aspen Institute the weekend that the water pumps failed, causing significant damage to innocent people who entrusted him and city government to protect their properties from the wet.
Prior to New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu making Confederate monuments the signature issue of his second term, there was no controversy. New Orleans citizens of all races rarely mentioned the Confederate statues and the Mayor did not include the issue in the platform for his re-election.
Even though there are six weeks left in his term as Mayor of New Orleans, Mitch Landrieu has already set his sights on a bigger prize: the White House.
With the launch of his book, “In the Shadows of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History,” Landrieu has been all over the national media. In recent days, he has been interviewed on the CBS Morning Show, the National Geographic Channel, 60 Minutes, This Week, The Daily Show, andMeet the Press, to name only a few. This Friday, he will be a guest on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher.
Two days after receiving tremendous praise from Chris Matthews of Hard Ball, ready to launch his book tour and a couple of months before he turns over the keys to the Mayor's office to his successor LaToya Cantrell, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced today what the city will be doing with the controversial confederate monuments his administration took down amid much anger.
Was that a political endorsement for Mitch Landrieu for the position of President of the United States we heard last night coming out of the mouth of MSNBC’s Hardball’s Chris Matthews?
Well, let me explain. First, a little history.