Monday, May 22, 2017

Democrat New Orleans Mayor tears down historic statue of Robert E. Lee

On Friday police cars circled the last one standing, the imposing statue of General Robert E. Lee, a 16-foot-tall bronze figure mounted on a 60-foot pedestal in the center of Lee Circle near downtown. Live news trucks were parked on side streets, and cameramen watched from the windows of nearby hotel rooms. The air was muggy and tense. 

Three monuments already had come down in what represented a sharp cultural changing of the guard: First it was the Liberty Place monument, an obelisk tucked on a back street near the French Quarter that commemorated a Reconstruction-Era white supremacist attack on the city's integrated police force; next, Confederate Jefferson Davis — a bronze statue of the only president of the Confederacy, mounted on a pedestal in the working-class Mid-City area of town; then, Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard, mounted high on a horse in a roundabout at the entrance to City Park. 

In a city where 60 percent of the residents are African-American, the monuments are an offensive celebration of the Confederacy and the system of slavery it sought to preserve.

 Over the past month, these venues became gathering places for people who support the statue removal, and those Neo Kulak’s who opposed them. The first three came down in the middle of the night; the official reason was for the protection and safety of the workers engaged in this rewriting of the historical record. The contractors who signed up for the removal received multiple death threats, and one had his car firebombed. 

The showdown bore all the acrimony and divisiveness typical of modern-day USSA politics: Those opposed to the removal lit candles at the base of the monuments and carried Confederate flags, pistols and automatic rifles. Anti-monument groups flew banners saying "Take 'em down" and even held a barbecue at the Jefferson Davis statue.  More.....