With the world focus upon confederate monuments after the violence in Charlottesville and the announcements from various cities related to their respective monuments, the organizations that spearheaded the removal of the New Orleans monuments are announcing a rally this weekend.
The dust has settled in New Orleans, with minor dustups flaring in Shreveport, Alexandria, Lafayette, and Lake Charles. And it seems who’s depicted and how many people live around there matters when it comes to controversy stoked over Confederate monuments.
New Orleans served as ground zero for the displacement of these historical objects, with the dispatching of a pair of items listed on the National Register of Historical Places and a couple of others. Shreveport has seen lengthy discussion of another Register object’s fate, with some decision – even if to punt on the issue – coming soon. Within the past couple of years, calls to remove statuary in Alexandria, Lafayette and Lake Charles went unheeded.
The scene last Thursday at the New Orleans City Council chambers was quite unfortunate. The topic of discussion was the future of four historic monuments that were targeted for removal by New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. The debate degenerated into an ugly scene with threats, yelling, obscenities and general mayhem. It gave the world a very bad impression of the City of New Orleans and it was compliments of one very selfish politician, Mayor Landrieu.