First They Came For The Confederate Battle Flag, Then They Came For The LSU Fighting Tigers?

LSU this past legislative session survived proposed budget cuts. However they may not survive the cultural cleansing the left is conducting upon the South.

Times-Picayune sports writer Jeff Duncan wrote a piece on Friday that points out that the LSU Tigers nickname dates back to the Civil War. Confederate Army units from Louisiana were eventually called the Louisiana Tigers after they distinguished themselves in battle as fearless troops.

If you can figure out Duncan’s logic here, you’re a much better person than I am.

The recent controversy about the Confederate flag and the divisive symbolism it engenders has spurred New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu to reexamine some of the city’s historical monuments like the Robert E. Lee statue at Lee Circle.

Landrieu’s intentions are admirable. Symbols of racism and hate have no place in our city. And with the city’s tricentennial celebration looming, there’s no better time to consider removing them.

That said, Landrieu’s mission might be an ambitious one, given how deeply Civil War history is enmeshed in our city, state and region. It’s difficult to go anywhere or do anything in our city or state without being confronted by our past.

[…] If Landrieu wants to remove the Robert E. Lee statue and rename Lee Circle, I’m all for it. But let’s leave LSU’s nickname alone.

Let me get this straight, flying the Confederate battle flag and having statues of Confederates is bad. But naming our state’s flagship university’s sports teams after Confederate troops is okay. Yeah, that makes a lot of sense.

I suppose the regular Confederate battle flag is bad according to Jeff Duncan. But would Jeff Duncan have a problem with the LSU Confederate flag? After all it’s being flown in support LSU athletics. Not only that, the flag’s creator wanted to remind LSU students at the time of the Civil War centiennal in the 1960s that LSU’s nickname is after Confederate soldiers, not an animal.

I think Jeff Duncan should be given plenty of time to think about these things. The Times-Picayune is about to layoff hundreds of employees. The paper clearly cannot have Duncan competing with Jarvis Deberry and Bob Mann to be the paper’s left-wing columnist. It’s also clear that Duncan is getting bored with being a sports writer so unfortunately the Times-Picayune has no choice but to add Duncan to the layoff list. Don’t worry though, I’m sure he’ll wind up writing for Salon or some other site like that.

Meanwhile instead of erasing our history ISIS style, we should be working to preserve and remember our entire history. We shouldn’t have to get permission from sports writers before honoring some of our history.



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