New Orleans begins to take down prominent Confederate monuments

New Orleans began removing the first of four prominent Confederate monuments under the cover of darkness early Monday, the latest Southern institution to sever itself from symbols viewed by many as a representation of racism and white supremacy.

Truckers arrived at around 1:25 a.m. to begin removing the Liberty Monument, which commemorates whites who tried to topple a biracial post-Civil War government in New Orleans. The workers started early in an attempt to avoid disruption from supporters who want the monuments to stay. Some have even made death threats, according to officials.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said the Liberty Monument was the “most offensive” of the four set to be taken down. He added 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.

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  • Ego

    “Photoshopping” history to suit ideological purposes is what communists used to do. Lenin would feel right at home there.

  • AlanUK

    Your history is your history. It happened (like it or not).

    Learn what you can from it (+ve or -ve) and move forwards.

    We live in the now and immediate future, in the 21st, not the 19th century.

    • Hard Little Machine

      the funny thing is that in a few years young people will start to ask “Since slavery never happened, why are you people so mad about it?”

    • Clausewitz

      Santayana was a prophet.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Year Zero was effective in Kampuchea for as far as it was able to exist. Just erase all history up to the point you need. Change the name of the city itself. I’m sure there’s some black slave nickname it had at some point.

  • mauser 98

    book burning