New Orleans Prepares To Take Down Statue Of Gen. Robert E. Lee

Southern mayor takes new approach towards Confederate monuments                      Pete Burd

Southern mayor takes new approach towards Confederate monuments Pete Burd

The city announced late Tuesday that it had begun the process of removing a statue of Confederate Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard - the third of four monuments city officials plan to take down across the city. The removal of the statue comes after the city has already taken.

New Orleans still has one more monument to remove.

The city of New Orleans has not been publicizing when the monuments would come down.

He said the monuments have no place in the city as it prepares for its tricentennial.

But clearing out the monuments has been highly controversial.

Workers in New Orleans took down a Confederate monument to Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard early Wednesday, the third of four such monuments to come down in the city.

The city organized extra security around the Lee statue Friday and cordoned off a one-block radius around Lee Circle to cars in anticipation of protests. "But look! It's happening".

The P.G.T. Beauregard monument and pieces of other monuments that have been removed in recent weeks are sitting in a city-owned lot in the Desire neighborhood. It caps a almost two-year-long process that has been railed against by those who feel the monuments are a part of Southern heritage and honor the dead.

But for many in this majority black city, the monuments pay honor to a history of slavery and segregation, and they want them down.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu had proposed the removal of the monuments after the 2015 massacre of nine black parishioners at a SC church. The killer, Dylann Roof, was an avowed racist who brandished Confederate battle flags in photos, recharging the debate over whether Confederate emblems represent racism or an honorable heritage. "While we must honour our history, we will not allow the Confederacy to be put on a pedestal in the heart of New Orleans".

Landrieu drew blistering criticism from monument supporters and even some political allies.

"Today we take another step in defining our City not by our past but by our bright future", New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said in a statement.

"These statues are not just stone and metal". They are not just innocent remembrances of a benign history. "These monuments celebrate a fictional, sanitized Confederacy; ignoring the death, ignoring the enslavement, ignoring the terror that it actually stood for".

"After the Civil War, these statues were a part of that terrorism, as much as burning a cross on someone's lawn". He added that the monuments were erected years after the Civil War ended by people who wanted to show that white supremacy still held sway in the city.

Workers jockeyed a tall crane into position Friday morning to reach the statue, which has perched atop a 60-foot (18 meter)-high pedestal in a traffic circle where it has been since 1884.

The Robert E. Lee statue was a familiar landmark for tourists and commuters who travel busy St. Charles Avenue by vehicle or on one of the city's historic streetcars.

Lee's removal was planned during the day, and announced in advance. Landrieu said the change was out of safety concerns because the statue was close to electrical wires and New Orleans' famous streetcar lines. People in kayaks and canoes could be seen at times.

While many were supportive of removal, opinions varied widely in the crowd of hundreds that gathered to watch Friday. Of the Confederate past, he says: "It's my history, but it's not my heritage". The statues wereerected decades after the Civil War to celebrate the "Cult of the Lost Cause", a movement recognized across the South ascelebrating and promoting white supremacy.There are four prominentmonuments inquestion.

The City Council voted 6-1 in 2015 to remove the monuments after a succession of contentious public meetings where impassioned monument supporters and opponents heckled each other.

The removal process has been anything but easy. Crews also took down a monument memorializing a deadly white supremacist uprising in 1874.

The statue of Lee, who commanded Confederate armies against the Union in the Civil War, was the most prominent of the four statues, his bronze figure standing almost 20 feet (6 meters) tall in uniform, arms crossed defiantly, gazing northward.

Attention now shifts to where the monuments will go and what will take their place.

Landrieu plans to address city residents later in the afternoon.

As for what will happen to the statues, The Associated Press reports the city is soliciting proposals from nonprofit and government entities and has so far gotten offers from various public and private institutions.

The Lee statue had towered over a traffic circle - Lee Circle - in an area between the office buildings of the city's business district and stately 19th-century mansions in the nearby Garden District. FILE - In this September 2, 2015 file photo, the statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee stands in Lee Circle in New Orleans.

Notícias recomendadas

  • Sharapova says she'll 'rise up again' after French Open snub

    Sharapova says she'll 'rise up again' after French Open snub

    Maria Sharapova has broken her silence after being denied a wild card for the French Open. Sharapova, who has titles at all four majors, won at Roland Garros in 2012 and 2014.

    Global cyberattack: A super-simple explanation of what happened

    This results in outdated reports - that bypass the newer ones - resulting in a multitude of missed vulnerabilities. One company, for example, places patch upon patch upon patch (more like bandaids), to temporarily fix the problem.
    IDBI falls 2% post widening of losses in Q4

    IDBI falls 2% post widening of losses in Q4

    Its gross non-performing assets (NPA) ratio improved on a sequential basis to 6.90% in end March, compared to 7.23% in December. Adding that slippages are slowing down, she said the lender refreshed the watch list this year as compared to last year's list.
  • HBSE Class 10 Result 2017 Results Coming Soon

    HBSE Class 10 Result 2017 Results Coming Soon

    Earlier this week the board officials had said that evaluation of answer sheets were over and HBSE is ready with the results. As per the the news agency, this year's result was better than 2016, which saw 62.40 percent students passing the exam.

    Israel Dismisses US Concern Over Jerusalem Embassy Move

    The new USA ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, departed from diplomatic protocol by visiting the Western Wall on Monday. Earlier this month , he held a warm meeting with the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, at the White House.
    Los Angeles Lakers confident Paul George will sign with them in '18

    Los Angeles Lakers confident Paul George will sign with them in '18

    Instead, Indiana may consider the possibility of trading away George, lest the team be left with nothing if he decamps elsewhere. There's also the impact on Hayward and his likelihood of joining Boston in free agency and them not pursuing Butler as a result.
  • Le Paris FC arrache le barrage vers la Ligue 2

    Le Paris FC arrache le barrage vers la Ligue 2

    Epinal, le CA Bastia, Sedan et Belfort descendent eux dans un championnat de CFA qui sera renommé National 2 la saison prochaine. Vainqueur à Concarneau (3-0), Pau (14e) a sauvé sa peau sur le fil.
    Bibiana Steinhaus becomes first female referee in Bundesliga history

    Bibiana Steinhaus becomes first female referee in Bundesliga history

    And she has now made further history with her promotion to the German top flight. So I am pleased that the referees' commission has placed its trust in me.

    White House says will not announce FBI director nominee on Friday

    Lieberman was the first Democratic senator to criticize former President Bill Clinton publicly during the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Lieberman added that McFarland "and General Mike Flynn will form a very strong leadership team at the National Security Council".
  • China's Xi says willing to help end rift with South Korea

    China's Xi says willing to help end rift with South Korea

    The Chinese leader voiced his hopes to put relations " back onto a normal track " after resolving the existing disputes. The American THAAD defense system was deployed in South Korea last month, in response to North Korean missile tests.
    Average US 30-year mortgage rate slips to 4.02 percent

    Average US 30-year mortgage rate slips to 4.02 percent

    To calculate average mortgage rates, Freddie Mac surveys lenders across the country between Monday and Wednesday each week. The 5 year Adjustable Rate Mortgages are 3.490% at Suntrust and April of 3.9030%.
    Twitter Updates Privacy Policy, Ends 'Do Not Track' Support

    Twitter Updates Privacy Policy, Ends 'Do Not Track' Support

    Each of these can be ticked or unticked manually, depending on if you agree with them or want Twitter to classify your tweets . Here you'll also be able to see how many " Tailored audiences " you're a part of and how many of those are from advertisers.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.