Since I grew up in New Orleans, I have a vested interest in seeing that the history of the suffering of white people under Reconstruction is remembered. My high school history teacher at Chalmette High, Mr. Kent, told us the truth about the blacks and about the mistreatment of the white race by Jew “carpetbaggers” and blacks during the Reconstruction era.
Let the truth be known even as the monuments are destroyed.
New Orleans officials were preparing to begin removing the first of four prominent Confederate monuments early Monday, the latest Southern institution to sever itself from symbols viewed by many as a representation racism and white supremacy.
The first memorial to come down will be the Liberty Monument, an 1891 obelisk honoring the Crescent City White League. Workers arrived to begin removing the statue, which commemorates whites who tried to topple a biracial post-Civil War government in New Orleans, around 1:25 a.m. in an attempt to avoid disruption from supporters who want the monuments to stay, some of whom city officials said have made death threats.
The workers who were inspecting the statue ahead of its removal could be seen wearing flak jackets and helmets. Police officers watched the area from atop the parking garage of a nearby hotel. Meanwhile, a handful of people opposed to the move held a vigil at the statue of Jefferson Davis, who was the president of the Confederacy during the Civil War.
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has called the Liberty Monument “the most offensive of the four” set to be taken down, adding it was erected to “revere white supremacy.”
“If there was ever a statue that needed to be taken down, it’s that one,” he said in an interview Sunday with The Associated Press.
The Crescent City White League attempted to overthrow a biracial Reconstruction government in New Orleans after the Civil War. That attempt failed, but white supremacist Democrats later took control of the state.
An inscription added in 1932 said the Yankees withdrew federal troops and “recognized white supremacy in the South” after the group challenged Louisiana’s biracial government after the Civil War. In 1993, these words were covered by a granite slab with a new inscription, saying the obelisk honors “Americans on both sides” who died and that the conflict “should teach us lessons for the future.”
Three other statues to Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee and P.G.T. Beauregard and Confederate States of America President Jefferson Davis will be removed in later days now that legal challenges have been overcome.
“There’s a better way to use the property these monuments are on and a way that better reflects who we are,” said Landrieu.
The top photo is from a story on the removal at New Orleans’ WGNO.