The fate of one of the most famous historical monuments in New Orleans, along with three other monuments, will be decided next week by the New Orleans City Council.
As the Hayride exclusively reported yesterday, the City Council set the date for the vote on December 10. The vote will decide whether or not the city will remove four historical monuments which include Robert E. Lee Circle, PGT Beauregard’s City Park statue, the Jefferson Davis monument and the Liberty Place monument.
The move by the City Council comes just after the Liberty Place monument was publicly vandalized on camera with protesters pouring faux blood all over the monument. The Hayride exclusively reported that story yesterday, while no other media outlet in the New Orleans area picked up the issue.
The Hayride has reported extensively on the monuments debate, which Mayor Mitch Landrieu called for back in July. However, during Landrieu’s “discussion period,” where he said residents would have the chance to debate the issue, he was apparently planning the removal of the monuments during that time period.
Polls show that only 18 percent of residents support Landrieu’s plan to remove the four monuments. On the other hand, 68 percent opposed the monuments being removed by New Orleans city officials. Only 9 percent were undecided on the issue.
Even more striking is that 31 percent of black voters said that they opposed the idea by Landrieu. Democrats, alike, opposed the monuments coming down by 42-35 percent, while Republicans opposed Landrieu’s plan by 90-3 percent.