Buh-Bye General Lee?

The City of New Orleans finally has the go-ahead via court order to remove the monuments to the Confederacy at Lee Circle, the P.G.T. Beauregard statue at the roundabout in front of City Park at Wisner and Esplanade, and the Jefferson Davis monument on Canal at Jeff Davis Parkway (wait, maybe we should rename the street, too?).

All three of the statues are to be removed by contractors (to be selected by bid submitted to the city), with the bases and pedestals remaining in some cases, presumably to be replaced with statues that are more in line with anti-Confederate modern, anti-racist and politically-correct practices.

In an older blog, we recommended (as did our readers) the the Confederate heroes be removed and that city erect memorials to famous musicians (remember renaming Lee Circle as Toussaint Circle—I love that one). Wouldn’t we rather memorialize our music rather than our racist past? A good question: who’s going to make the decision on the replacement statues, anyway?

What’s really interesting about this court ruling (that approved the removal of the statues) is that there are troubling questions how the city will be able to insure the safety of the contractors who will win the bids to remove the statues. According to local newspapers, one contractor who had been selected to remove the monuments had his car torched, and other bidders who had responded to earlier proposals were threatened with boycotts and loss of business, mainly through social media.

Whether or not the threats on businesses via social media come to pass, it’s very troubling that posts generated enough hatred from people who oppose the warehousing of the Confederate statues to prevent the city from using the standard bid processes to remove them.  So the question is: how and when will the statues be removed at all?

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  • Louis Lince

    My feelings are probably contentious to you folk in New Orleans. We have a problem in the UK with Snowflake lefties who wish to be in “safe places” where those who oppose their views are not allowed to state them and wish to be left alone. People ignore history and, for example wish to take down a statue of Cecil Rhodes at an Oxford College (apparently it upsets people) The prime mover is a south african black man who is benefiting from a Rhodes scholarship (Hypocrite who takes the money) History happened….. and in the USA the events of the civil war are over a hundred years ago. I am a fairly frequent visitor to New Orleans and I don’t recall the Lee Circle statue ever being a bone of contention (until some loony snowflakes decided it was last year). For heavens sake grow up and concentrate on more pressing challenges such as Pot Holes and local transportation – to say nothing of Medical care for all.

    • 6th Generation NOLA

      The real problem is the right wing Snowflakes who want to live in a fantasy world where the Confederacy didn’t rightfully get its butt kicked in the Civil War. No one is saying that their views shouldn’t be heard, just that their views shouldn’t be given a prominent space on publicly supported lands. If they didn’t want to have their Lost Cause delusions supported by the taxpayer then this would not be an issue. They are free to build statues honoring whatever losers they like on their own property.

      I completely agree with you about Medicare for all though, and I do wish we would focus on more pressing issues than these statues of losers that a bunch of loser built 100+ years ago. That’s why it’s important that we take them down as quickly as possible.

    • Gene Marks

      You seem to be capable of ignoring the effect of these statues on the black population, snowflakes being as white as, well, snow. If you had an inkling of what it means to be black, you would have the intelligence needed to understand why these statues should be removed.

      • Louis Lince

        Gene, many of the “snowflakes ” here in the UK are people of colour (which I hope is an acceptable term). It’s a generic here in the UK for those in their late teens and early ’20s that need to be protected from the real world. As an example a leading Feminist Germaine Greer was banned from speaking to a university society by the snowflakes who didn’t like her views on transgender people

        • 6th Generation NOLA

          Yes, but what does that have to do with not wanting statues that commemorates a bunch of losers? The only snowflakes who need to be protected from the real world here are the revisionist clowns who want to be insulated from the fact that the South lost the Civil War.

  • ghall1929

    I was poisoned throughout my childhood by these disgusting statues glorifying the heroes of slavery and racism. New Orleans and its creolized population never deserved this humiliation. So I am delighted they will finally be removed. And I’d like to see them replaced not just but musicians but by the real heroes who fought slavery and racism like San Malo the Black troops who fought for their freedom and Roudanez. And the Black and white heroes and martyrs of Reconstruction. Yes, I support Medicare for all too.

  • G.E. Maynor

    This is outrageous. Political correctness rears it’s ugly head. These men were so much more to the history of the south than a war and deserve better. We had planned a trip later this year but I think we need to find something else. Since you’re in a removing mood, I have a few suggestions for you as well…

    • Gene Marks

      If this were a statue commemorating a slave uprising where hundreds of white men, women and children were slaughtered, would you feel the same way about removing it? Would you bring your children there? Would you be capable of explaining the symbolism? Now imagine that you’re black.