Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s Solution to 172 Murders: Equity Circles

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Mayor Mitch Landrieu's Solution to 172 Murders: Equity Circles

By: Pat Austin

SHREVE­PORT – I have it on fairly good author­ity that the Fifth Cir­cuit Court of Appeals has their deci­sion on the New Orleans Con­fed­er­ate mon­u­ments issue, how­ever that deci­sion has not yet been announced for var­i­ous rea­sons. The Court received the case in Sep­tem­ber and some have spec­u­lated that the court is likely to affirm removal for the mon­u­ments. In mid-​December, Mayor Mitch Lan­drieu wrote to the Court request­ing 24-​hours notice before announce­ment of the deci­sion so the police can get proper secu­rity man­power in place as riots and protests are expected regard­less of the out­come. Per­haps the holdiays have post­poned or delayed announce­ment of the deci­sion but we can expect it very soon, I’m told.

Mean­while, as the year draws to a close, New Orleans is on track post astound­ing mur­der rate fig­ures with 172 mur­ders as of this morn­ing. And we still have New Years Eve to deal with.

This is how­ever not a pri­or­ity for Mayor Lan­drieu. Cer­tainly once the mon­u­ments come down, those awful relics of the past that do noth­ing but incite unrest and divi­sion by tow­er­ing over the city in their gran­ite glory, the killings will stop, right?

[cap­tion id=“attachment_93826” align=“alignleft” width=“300”] Equal­ity Cir­cle — Photo via Mayor’s Office[/caption]

Once the mon­u­ments come down and we white­wash and erase our past, we can all sit in “Equity Cir­cles” like the one at Jef­fer­son Davis Park­way and Cleve­land streets. We can sit in a friendly Kum­baya style cir­cle and stare at the com­pass in the cen­ter and won­der how we lost our way. We can look at the blank space where the Jef­fer­son Davis mon­u­ment stood just a half a block away and thank our lucky stars that the killings will stop now that we are sit­ting in land­scaped equity circles.

This is NOT from The Onion but from the New Orleans Advo­cate:

Called the Equity Cir­cle, the new mon­u­ment — a set of four cir­cu­lar benches in a land­scaped set­ting at Jef­fer­son Davis Park­way and Cleve­land Avenue — is described as a “land­scaped gath­er­ing place and con­ver­sa­tion circle.”

It is one of eight projects being cre­ated through Wel­come Table New Orleans, Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s city­wide ini­tia­tive focused on race, rec­on­cil­i­a­tion and com­mu­nity build­ing, with a mis­sion of pro­mot­ing social change.

The cir­cle not only con­tributes to the revi­tal­iza­tion of New Orleans, orga­niz­ers said, but it has a much deeper goal: to help right the wrongs of the city’s past and pro­mote heal­ing, peace and jus­tice, by pro­vid­ing a place for res­i­dents to share sto­ries, build rela­tion­ships and learn from each other.

The Press Release from Mayor Landrieu’s office:

In col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Depart­ment of Parks and Park­ways, the Equity Cir­cle is designed to bring together diverse groups of New Orlea­ni­ans to share sto­ries and expe­ri­ences, build rela­tion­ships and learn from each other. The Equity Cir­cle will cre­ate a more attrac­tive neu­tral ground for the com­mu­nity and enhance the beauty of one of the most diverse neigh­bor­hoods in the city. It will bring res­i­dents of all back­grounds and expe­ri­ences together for one rea­son — to cre­ate a bet­ter, stronger New Orleans.

Lib­eral logic 101.

I sug­gest that once the 5th Cir­cuit comes back with its deci­sion, the mayor should have every­one gather in safe Equity Cir­cles around town and then cer­tainly there will be no more wor­ries about protests or unrest over those nasty monuments.

If you need me, I’ll be bang­ing my head against the wall in my safe room.

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – I have it on fairly good authority that the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has their decision on the New Orleans Confederate monuments issue, however that decision has not yet been announced for various reasons. The Court received the case in September and some have speculated that the court is likely to affirm removal for the monuments. In mid-December, Mayor Mitch Landrieu wrote to the Court requesting 24-hours notice before announcement of the decision so the police can get proper security manpower in place as riots and protests are expected regardless of the outcome. Perhaps the holdiays have postponed or delayed announcement of the decision but we can expect it very soon, I’m told.

Meanwhile, as the year draws to a close, New Orleans is on track post astounding murder rate figures with 172 murders as of this morning. And we still have New Years Eve to deal with.

This is however not a priority for Mayor Landrieu. Certainly once the monuments come down, those awful relics of the past that do nothing but incite unrest and division by towering over the city in their granite glory, the killings will stop, right?

Equality Circle – Photo via Mayor’s Office

Once the monuments come down and we whitewash and erase our past, we can all sit in “Equity Circles” like the one at Jefferson Davis Parkway and Cleveland streets. We can sit in a friendly Kumbaya style circle and stare at the compass in the center and wonder how we lost our way. We can look at the blank space where the Jefferson Davis monument stood just a half a block away and thank our lucky stars that the killings will stop now that we are sitting in landscaped equity circles.

This is NOT from The Onion but from the New Orleans Advocate:

Called the Equity Circle, the new monument — a set of four circular benches in a landscaped setting at Jefferson Davis Parkway and Cleveland Avenue — is described as a “landscaped gathering place and conversation circle.”

It is one of eight projects being created through Welcome Table New Orleans, Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s citywide initiative focused on race, reconciliation and community building, with a mission of promoting social change.

The circle not only contributes to the revitalization of New Orleans, organizers said, but it has a much deeper goal: to help right the wrongs of the city’s past and promote healing, peace and justice, by providing a place for residents to share stories, build relationships and learn from each other.

The Press Release from Mayor Landrieu’s office:

In collaboration with the Department of Parks and Parkways, the Equity Circle is designed to bring together diverse groups of New Orleanians to share stories and experiences, build relationships and learn from each other. The Equity Circle will create a more attractive neutral ground for the community and enhance the beauty of one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the city. It will bring residents of all backgrounds and experiences together for one reason—to create a better, stronger New Orleans.

Liberal logic 101.

I suggest that once the 5th Circuit comes back with its decision, the mayor should have everyone gather in safe Equity Circles around town and then certainly there will be no more worries about protests or unrest over those nasty monuments.

If you need me, I’ll be banging my head against the wall in my safe room.

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.