A Tulane University professor called out New Orleans city officials for selectively removing four historical monuments of Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s choosing, but refusing to take down a monument dedicated to Andrew Jackson.
Professor Richard Marksbury Ph.D. told the New Orleans City Council Governmental Affairs Committee today that there was no reason as to why they would not be removing the city’s Andrew Jackson monument that stands at the heart of the French Quarter, but will be removing four other Confederate-related monuments.
Marksbury noted that Jackson owned slaves, imprisoned residents in New Orleans and was responsible for the Trail of Tears.
Watch Marksbury’s testimony to the City Council here:
The Tulane professor does not actually want the monument to come down. Rather, he wants to point out the hypocrisy of the Landrieu administration by cherry-picking historical monuments in order to make a gesture on race relations.
Marksbury noted as far back as September in a Hayride exclusive report about the double-standard for historical figures by the Landrieu administration.