Mitch Landrieu has begun the process of removing historic statues from New Orleans in the name of JUSTICE! or something like that. The Times-Picayune reported early this morning that the first of four Confederate statues has come down.
Landrieu’s first victim is the Battle of Liberty Place statue. Here’s Landrieu’s statement:
This is not about politics, blame or retaliation. This is not a naïve quest to solve all our problems at once. This is about showing the whole world that we as a city and as a people are able to acknowledge, understand, reconcile — and most importantly — choose a better future.
So, let’s point out the obvious here.
This is not about politics
The hell it isn’t. This is about a group of people seeking social justice and thinking that eradicating history is the best way to achieve it.
The Confederacy happened. The Civil War happened. There were war heroes on both sides. And, yes, the Battle of Liberty Place also happened. Mitch says he wants the city to choose a better future, which I guess can’t happen until he bulldozes the past.
If Mitch wants to make this a true act of choosing a better future, then he should stand before the public and apologize on behalf of the Democratic Party, which was the party whose little militia group (The White League) led the failed insurrection in the first place.
There are three statues left to take down before Mitch can pretend that he’s solved all of the problems in New Orleans.