Today I sent a letter to New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu urging him to unite our community by focusing on murders, not monuments. The letter is in response to a racially charged email blast by Mayor Landrieu this week.
A copy of the letter from today is below:
September 4, 2015
The Honorable Mitch Landrieu
1300 Perdido Street
New Orleans, LA 70112
A friend forwarded me your mass email, attached.
I have said many times, and I repeat again, that I think you should unite our community by focusing on murders, not monuments.
114 of our fellow citizens have been murdered in New Orleans already this year. Lester Johnson was gunned down in his driveway in New Orleans East on Wednesday morning.
Rather than taking strong, bold action on the out-of-control crime problem, however, you send out a hateful email to create a distraction and play the race card. It attacks and insults not just me, but countless concerned citizens who feel as I do. That’s not leadership, it’s pure political cynicism.
Wake up, Mitch. The monuments aren’t murdering our family members and neighbors. Focus. Lead. Unite. Track down those who are.