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First They Came For Lee Circle, Now They’re Coming For Jackson Square

First They Came For Lee Circle, Now They’re Coming For Jackson Square
December 18
09:49 2015

Fresh off winning the vote to remove Confederate monuments from all over the city of New Orleans, Mayor Mitch Landrieu is signaling that he and the city may remove some more monuments. In fact, many of the same people who were pushing for the Confederate monuments to go are now setting their sights on Andrew Jackson’s statue in Jackson Square.

Here’s the Times-Picayune‘s take:

Lee Circle and three other New Orleans public spaces will be stripped of monuments related to the Confederacy after a historic City Council vote Thursday (Dec. 17). But the fate of other statues in the city should also be debated in the coming years, Mayor Mitch Landrieu said.

The council’s 6-1 vote in favor of removing the four monuments put to bed six months of white-hot rhetoric, but other monument fights may be on the horizon.

“I don’t know where it’s going to end, but I know where it is going to begin,” Landrieu said, in a public presentation before the vote that articulated his most forceful defense of the removals since he proposed the idea in July.

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Councilwoman Stacy Head, who cast the dissenting vote, said during the meeting Thursday that she was concerned about the division such a continued debate would cause. Some proponents of removing monuments in recent months also pushed to remove other monuments and to rename streets named for any historic figure with a deplorable human rights record.

Landrieu himself refused to answer a question about whether or not Andrew Jackson is next. But don’t kid yourself, there will be a push to remove his statue.

The New Orleans Advocate seems to indicate that Landrieu is in fact preparing to attack Andrew Jackson and even city founder Bienville as well.

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The mayor’s proposal also seemed to confirm the warning of monument supporters that the process of removing objectionable markers would not end with the four on the table during Thursday’s debate. Both sides have noted that many other prominent New Orleans statues — including those of Andrew Jackson and city founder Bienville — could be taken down under the same criteria.

We have going in New Orleans is a cultural revolution. What is one of the first things that revolutionaries and conquerors do when they take over a place? They remove the symbols of the old regime. New Orleans has been taken over by cultural Marxists and radical progressives.

The removal of the Confederate monuments and now the proposed removal of monuments to Andrew Jackson and Bienville is an attempt to say that New Orleans history only began after the 1960s. It’s part of an attempt by the left and cultural Marxists to use the crimes of slavery to devalue anything that is not part of the progressive agenda. We’re already seeing this with attempts to link the Second Amendment to slavery, although the Constitution’s justification of it ended with the Thirteenth Amendment. Soon we’ll see this link drawn between other rights guaranteed by the Constitution.

In the end, this battle is more than just over statues or even history. It’s about everything that makes us who we are. In order to “fundamentally transform” America into the progressive state and society they want, the progressives have to destroy the old America.

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Kevin Boyd

Kevin Boyd

The Hayride's Senior Correspondent focusing on state and national political issues. Has also been published at Rare, IJ Review, Real Clear Policy, and the National Interest.

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