Removal of Historic Confederate Monuments in New Orleans Thwarted…for Now

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Removal of Historic Confederate Monuments in New Orleans Thwarted...for Now

By: Pat Austin

SHREVE­PORT – The city of New Orleans is gen­er­ally a city of laid-​back atti­tudes and a live-​and-​let-​live sort of phi­los­o­phy, how­ever you’d be hard pressed to find that atti­tude on the city coun­cil, apparently.

Lib­eral Demo­c­rat mayor Mitch Lan­drieu is on a mis­sion to wrap New Orleans in a blan­ket of polit­i­cal cor­rect­ness and has gar­nered enough sup­port from the City Coun­cil to begin his cam­paign to rewrite his­tory in the South. In a 61 vote last week, the coun­cil sup­ported Landrieu’s motion to remove three his­toric Con­fed­er­ate mon­u­ments in New Orleans.

Jeff Crouere sums up the con­tro­versy best:

Prior to the vote, the arro­gant and pompous Lan­drieu had already lined up con­trac­tors to remove the mon­u­ments. For­tu­nately, his plans have at least been tem­porar­ily halted by a fed­eral law­suit filed by four orga­ni­za­tions con­cerned about his­toric preservation.

In fact, all New Orleans res­i­dents should be con­cerned about pre­serv­ing these mon­u­ments. They reflect an impor­tant part of the city’s involve­ment in the Civil War, one of the most influ­en­tial peri­ods of our nation’s his­tory. Remov­ing the mon­u­ments will not destroy the evils of slav­ery. It will not give equal rights to African Amer­i­cans or other minor­ity groups. It is only a feel good ges­ture that is being pushed by a Mayor who is using the issue to pro­mote his polit­i­cal career.

It is absur­dity in its high­est form.

In a state­ment, Lan­drieu said “These sym­bols say who we were in a par­tic­u­lar time, but times change. Yet these sym­bols — stat­ues, mon­u­ments, street names and more — still influ­ence who we are and how we are per­ceived by the world.”

Not every­one in New Orleans sup­ports this non­sense; there is a peti­tion call­ing for Landrieu’s recall. Many in New Orleans wish Lan­drieu would focus more on the ram­pant crime, the steadily climb­ing mur­der rate, and the fact that the city has lost 500 offi­cers since Lan­drieu took office in 2010.

Shortly after Lan­drieu signed the ordi­nance to remove the offend­ing mon­u­ments, a fed­eral law­suit was filed halt­ing Landrieu’s plans to erase history:

Hours after Mayor Mitch Lan­drieu signed a con­tro­ver­sial ordi­nance to declare four Con­fed­er­ate mon­u­ment pub­lic nui­sances, a group of preser­va­tion­ists filed a fed­eral law­suit look­ing to stop their removals before they can begin….“The Lee Mon­u­ment, the Beau­re­gard eques­trian mon­u­ment, the Jef­fer­son Davis mon­u­ment and the Lib­erty Mon­u­ment were explic­itly erected to pre­serve, fos­ter and pro­mote the his­toric and cul­tural ori­gins of the cit­i­zens of New Orleans and the res­i­dents of Louisiana,” the suit reads.

Where in the world will it end? As I wrote in this space last week, this offended cul­ture that we live in has reached new extremes. Must we now rename and remove every­thing that might offend some group? If that’s the case let me start the list: I’m offended by a whole lot of things right now.

The City of New Orleans is a cul­tural trea­sure with a rich and var­ied his­tory. It bog­gles the mind to think what New Orleans would look like if we went through and erased every­thing that might offend some­one there.

Mitch Lan­drieu, like his sis­ter Mary, is a self-​promoting, arro­gant, and igno­rant lib­eral who is moti­vated by some mis­placed idea of the Lan­drieu legacy and their own self-​importance.

As sad as it would be to remove these land­mark mon­u­ments, the big­ger con­cern to me is where will it end? I’ve lived in the South all of my life and it is MY his­tory, my cul­ture, my her­itage. I was taught to pre­serve his­tory, to pro­tect those mon­u­ments, restore his­toric homes, pre­serve leg­ends, sto­ries, doc­u­ments, books, and mem­o­ries that all weave together to make us who we are as indi­vid­u­als and as a cul­ture. It’s not all pretty; you take the good with the bad. That is the case everywhere.

I guess Lan­drieu and his ilk wants us all to live in an Orwellian vanilla Big Brother land where one city looks like another and nobody’s feath­ers are ruf­fled, where there are no dif­fer­ences, no indi­vid­u­al­ity, all the lines are blurred. Why would any­one want to come to New Orleans if it looks just like every­where else? What are we offended by next? Mardi Gras? Craw­fish? St. Louis Cathe­dral? The street cars? Boudin?

Mitch Lan­drieu ran for, and was elected to, the office of Mayor of a large, cul­tur­ally diverse South­ern city. It’s time he acted like he had some pride in the city that put him into office.

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreve­port.

By: Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – The city of New Orleans is generally a city of laid-back attitudes and a live-and-let-live sort of philosophy, however you’d be hard pressed to find that attitude on the city council, apparently.

Liberal Democrat mayor Mitch Landrieu is on a mission to wrap New Orleans in a blanket of political correctness and has garnered enough support from the City Council to begin his campaign to rewrite history in the South.  In a 6-1 vote last week, the council supported Landrieu’s motion to remove three historic Confederate monuments in New Orleans.

Jeff Crouere sums up the controversy best:

Prior to the vote, the arrogant and pompous Landrieu had already lined up contractors to remove the monuments. Fortunately, his plans have at least been temporarily halted by a federal lawsuit filed by four organizations concerned about historic preservation.

In fact, all New Orleans residents should be concerned about preserving these monuments. They reflect an important part of the city’s involvement in the Civil War, one of the most influential periods of our nation’s history. Removing the monuments will not destroy the evils of slavery. It will not give equal rights to African Americans or other minority groups. It is only a feel good gesture that is being pushed by a Mayor who is using the issue to promote his political career.

It is absurdity in its highest form.

In a statement, Landrieu said “These symbols say who we were in a particular time, but times change. Yet these symbols — statues, monuments, street names and more — still influence who we are and how we are perceived by the world.”

Not everyone in New Orleans supports this nonsense; there is a petition calling for Landrieu’s recall.   Many in New Orleans wish Landrieu would focus more on the rampant crime, the steadily climbing murder rate, and the fact that the city has lost 500 officers since Landrieu took office in 2010.

Shortly after Landrieu signed the ordinance to remove the offending monuments, a federal lawsuit was filed halting Landrieu’s plans to erase history:

Hours after Mayor Mitch Landrieu signed a controversial ordinance to declare four Confederate monument public nuisances, a group of preservationists filed a federal lawsuit looking to stop their removals before they can begin….“The Lee Monument, the Beauregard equestrian monument, the Jefferson Davis monument and the Liberty Monument were explicitly erected to preserve, foster and promote the historic and cultural origins of the citizens of New Orleans and the residents of Louisiana,” the suit reads.

Where in the world will it end?  As I wrote in this space last week, this offended culture that we live in has reached new extremes.  Must we now rename and remove everything that might offend some group?  If that’s the case let me start the list: I’m offended by a whole lot of things right now.

The City of New Orleans is a cultural treasure with a rich and varied history.  It boggles the mind to think what New Orleans would look like if we went through and erased everything that might offend someone there.

Mitch Landrieu, like his sister Mary, is a self-promoting, arrogant, and ignorant liberal who is motivated by some misplaced idea of the Landrieu legacy and their own self-importance.

As sad as it would be to remove these landmark monuments, the bigger concern to me is where will it end?  I’ve lived in the South all of my life and it is MY history, my culture, my heritage.  I was taught to preserve history, to protect those monuments, restore historic homes, preserve legends, stories, documents, books, and memories that all weave together to make us who we are as individuals and as a culture.  It’s not all pretty; you take the good with the bad.  That is the case everywhere.

I guess Landrieu and his ilk wants us all to live in an Orwellian vanilla Big Brother land where one city looks like another and nobody’s feathers are ruffled, where there are no differences, no individuality, all the lines are blurred.  Why would anyone want to come to New Orleans if it looks just like everywhere else?  What are we offended by next?  Mardi Gras?  Crawfish?  St. Louis Cathedral?  The street cars?  Boudin?

Mitch Landrieu ran for, and was elected to, the office of Mayor of a large, culturally diverse Southern city.  It’s time he acted like he had some pride in the city that put him into office.

 

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.