Interesting – Laura Ingraham was in New Orleans for the Mardi Gras and was broadcasting her program from there. The topic was the city mayor and the city council were busy extracting all Confederacy statues in the middle of the night without a vote from the citizens. The city council person representing the tearing down of the statue replied that, “they were trying to erase white supremacy.”
Seems like to me that white folks don’t need to go to New Orleans for their Mardi Gras if white folks aren’t welcome. As usual they want our money but don’t want us lolly gagging around – especially if they are statues.
Not only in New Orleans but other cities in the U.S. who remove their statues without a citizen vote by the mayor and city council – does that mean all cities have to remove Martin Luther Kings statue in all of these cities. Isn’t that racist if you leave that statue up.
I thought statues were a work of art and depicted our history – and they were paid for by the citizens of each city. Are these mayors and city council trying to erase history?
Spectators watching the Lee statue lifted from its column.
On May 18, 2017 the City of New Orleans announced the statue of General Robert E. Lee would be removed the following day. On May 19, 2017 just after 6 p.m. following a day-long work crew effort the statue of Lee was finally detached and removed from its column pedestal.
While crews were working on removing the statue, New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu gave a speech at Gallier Hall discussing the historical context of the Lee and other monuments, and the reasons for and meaning of their removal.
The removal prompted Mississippi lawmaker Karl Oliver to post on Facebook that those supporting the take-down of the Confederate monuments “should be LYNCHED”. He later apologized for this statement.