By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – The battle over the Confederate monuments in New Orleans is still ongoing and for now, the monuments aren’t going anywhere.

I began following this story back in December when Governor Mitch Landrieu garnered enough support from the City Council to remove the monuments.  The move was met with outrage from most of the citizens of the city and protests began. Landrieu’s stand is that the monuments create racial division in the city and need to go, a claim he is hard pressed to defend.  Opponents to the monument removal agree that crime in NOLA is at an all-time high but contend that the monuments themselves have nothing to do with that. They are interested in preserving the culture and history of the city and have taken to the courts to protect the monuments.

The issue hits home to me because I have ancestors that fought for the Confederacy and despite our national feelings on the tragedy of the Civil War, the lives of my ancestors mattered.

With Louisiana in a financial meltdown right now, this would seem a trivial issue, yet legislators are still offering bills to protect these monuments, and each one gets shot down. The most recent was sponsored by state Representative Thomas Carmody; his bill would have made it impossible to remove Confederate statues, symbols and names from public buildings without permission from a newly created state board. The bill is still in limbo as the committee voted (along racial lines) neither to kill the bill nor act on it.  Rep. Carmody is still looking for a way to get it before the House for a full vote.

The case against monument removal is currently before the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal:

The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeal issued an order Friday morning (March 25) that prevents the city of New Orleans from taking down Confederate monuments while a lawsuit challenging its ability to do so makes its way through court.

U.S District Judge Carl Barbier had previously rejected a request to block city action while a federal lawsuit was being considered. The Monumental Task Committee, the Louisiana Landmarks Society, the Foundation for Historical Louisiana and Beauregard Camp No. 130 maintain the city violated the U.S. and Louisiana constitutions when it declared three Confederate statues — of Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis and P.G.T. Beauregard — were public nuisances.

This could drag on for a while.  Meanwhile, Landrieu can’t move the monuments and he can’t find a contractor that will take the job.

New Orleans is not the only city grappling with this problem.   It’s a controversy that has been going on for decades but after Dylann Roof killed nine people in South Carolina, the issue has taken center stage. Earlier this year, a special commission in Baltimore voted to remove two Confederate monuments and add historical context to two others.

And while cities across the south continue to battle this issue, one group is building a Confederate monument:

“…the Sons of Confederate Veterans are now nearing completion on a monument to their ancestors just off I-10, just this side of the Sabine and the Louisiana border.

Situated at the corner of I-10 and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, “The Confederate Memorial of the Wind” will feature a walkway lined by the Confederate battle flag and those of several dozen (the count varies in every article) Texas regiments leading up to a circular monument composed of 13 columns honoring each of the Confederate states.”

In this case, the monument is going up on private property purchased by the Sons of  Confederate Veterans for $9,000.  Indeed, perhaps the only compromise in this monumental battle across the nation will be for groups to install these monuments on private lands.  But meanwhile, NOLA still fights.


Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

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If you are a regular reader of The Other McCain you know that Stacy McCain has been given lately to long essays critiquing feminism and one of his primary antagonists is FemFreq namely Anita Sarkeesian who was instrumental is having hi banned from Twitter for the ultimate crime of critiquing her & quoting feminists in context.

This weekend he wrote another essay titled The Queering of Feminism and the Silencing of Heterosexual Masculinity

When I say that Feminism Is a Totalitarian Movement to Destroy Civilization as We Know It, some readers may suppose that this is merely hyperbole, just as some readers may suppose that the sources I quote are “extreme” examples of an obscure “fringe” feminism. Yet anyone who cares to investigate further will discover that, however “radical” this anti-male/anti-heterosexual ideology may have been in an earlier era, it has now become so mainstream within academic feminism that no other perspective on human sexual behavior is ever expressed by the faculty in university departments of Women’s Studies.

and he produces the actual word of the actual “giants” of feminism to back it up

It was Mary Daly who celebrated the feminist movement as “the Second Coming of female presence not only as Antichrist but also as Antichurch,” as a “rising woman-consciousness” to destroy the “Christocentric cosmos.” Mary Daly was an influential professor, so if she declared feminism to be the Antichrist, who am I to disagree?

The Radical Theology of Feminism produces such demon-possessed creatures as a mentally disabled Scorpio occultist lesbian, and the same satanic philosophy also produces despicable liars like Anita Sarkeesian.

An honest enemy is less to be feared than a false friend, which is why I can at least respect Professor Sheila Jeffreys, who has never attempted to conceal her all-encompassing hatred of men, whereas dishonest feminists like Anita Sarkeesian pretend that they are victims of harassment, misunderstood and misrepresented by “misogynists.”

These are all excellent points and advance his argument in a powerful way but the question becomes Why is he able to make such powerful and effective argument that draw the wrath and fear of Twitter Safety council and Anitia Sarkeesan.  The answer is contained the piece also explains why he is such an effective reporter (emphasis mine):

OK, do you suppose the average guy who spends a lot of time playing videogames is going to write a persuasive essay rebutting Sarkeesian? It’s absurd to expect such a thing. You don’t learn to write persuasive essays by logging endless hours playing League of Legends. Well, do we expect these gamers to do what I’ve done, spend upwards of $1,500 acquiring dozens of books of feminist theory and history, then spend hundreds of hours reading these books in order to develop an informed critical analysis of feminist ideology and rhetoric? Of course not.

There is some value to being able to react to an action or a quip, and to produce an effective one liner on twitter and in a culture that moves so quickly and has the attention span of a mayfly one might make an impression if said quip managed to go viral

But that can’t compare to actual knowledge acquired at the expense of personal wealth that has to be earned and expending time which can not be reacquired once spent.

It was he who actually traveled to Kentucky to investigage the Bill Sparkman case while the left was crying “Send the body to Glenn Beck” from afar, It was he who spent a week on the ground following both Scott Brown and Martha Coakley at a time when the rest of the nation didn’t see an upset coming.  It was he who in 2010 while the media was still in denial visited districts in New York and Pennsylvania covering future members of congress that the MSM had written off and it was he who in all of those cases was justified

That’s why he has been a target in the past for people like Rauhauser and Kimberlin and it’s also way people like the Twitter Safety council and Anitia Sarkeesan and their feminist allies are willing to continue to take the hit from his banning, because the is nothing more dangerous to the feminist meme than a person who is actually informed of it with 80K followers who might influence others.

And that’s why I spend so much time linking and quoting him and why you should spend your time reading him and listening to the five most important words in the English Language

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