New Orleans may be falling at the hands of political correctness thanks to Mayor Mitch Landrieu, but there is a revolt group looking to shift the tide.
After Landrieu announced that he would be removing General Robert E. Lee Monument, known as Lee Circle, the General P.G.T. Beauregard Equestrian Statue, the Jefferson Davis Monument and the Liberty Monument, a group has formed to save Lee Circle.
Thanks to New Orleans resident Tim Shea Carroll, those who see Landrieu’s decision to remove anything and everything remotely related to the Confederacy can sign the petition at SaveOurCircle.com.
Already, the petition against removing Lee Circle has over 12,000 signatures. And, supporters of Lee Circle and the rest of the monuments can join the “Save Our Circle” Facebook group, which has nearly 3,000 members.
The Save Our Circle petition has a passionate write-up, which asks that Landrieu stop diving the city on the issue of the Confederacy and history of the city and start bringing the community together.
This petition is in direct response to your attempt to open discussion on the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue and renaming of the Lee Circle. We strongly believe that any such talk or action would be a irrevocably detrimental to bridging any gap between our fellow New Orleanians. We believe you do not create a future by pointing to the past. We don’t agree with you that this is a symbol of how we used to be. It is who we are. A proud union of people who defend our home regardless of the outcome. We at Save Our Circle hold Lee Circle in our fondest memories of New Orleans, the greatest city on Earth. You have a choice Mr. Mayor. Divide the citizens by giving into the agendas of one group or unite your fellow citizens and move into the future, together. We have a voice. We have a choice.Save Our Circle.
Carroll said the group is attempting to gather and organize a rally at Lee Circle to demand that Landrieu rescind his proposal to remove the monument from the city.
Also, Carroll mentioned that the group is “pursuing all legal avenues to prevent or subvert the mayors plan.”
However, Carroll said Save Our Circle should not be confused with another revolt group which is boycotting New Orleans altogether, saying that his group does not support or promote that particular petition.
Landrieu said last week that the removal of the Confederacy-related monuments were not to remove history, but that is exactly what removing the statues will do.
Lee Circle is a prominent component of the New Orleans Central Business District (CBD) and has been their since the last 1800’s.