A task force appointed by New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell has decided to relocate two of the old Confederate monuments removed by former Mayor Mitch Landrieu to privately-owned sites in New Orleans. Meanwhile, they have decided to relocate Jefferson Davis’s monument to his former estate of Beauvoir in Biloxi, Mississippi.
The task force, which was made up of opponents of the monuments’ removal, was convened by Cantrell to find a new home for the monuments, which are still in storage.
From The Advocate:
Three statues of Confederate officials removed from their prominent public locations in New Orleans last year would be divided up between Greenwood Cemetery on Canal Boulevard and Jefferson Davis’ former home in Mississippi under the recommendations of a task force convened by Mayor LaToya Cantrell.
The seven-member group is made up entirely of opponents of former Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s decision to take down the statues. The group has been meeting at Cantrell’s behest since April.
The committee’s suggestions, which The New Orleans Advocate obtained through a public records request, call for the statues of Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and P.G.T. Beauregard to be moved to Greenwood while the Davis statue would end up at Beauvoir, Davis’ former estate in Biloxi, Mississippi, that is now a museum.
“Placing Beauregard and Lee in Greenwood Cemetery will carry a new message to residents and visitors to the city of New Orleans,” according to the group’s recommendations. “New Orleans will be viewed as a city that can deal with difficult social issues while finding suitable resolutions. New Orleans, and its leadership, will be viewed nationally as a place where art and history are valued.”
The head of Take ‘Em Down NOLA, the Marxist agitator Malcolm Suber, is angry at the task force’s recommendations.
The suggestions, particularly the call to keep two statues in the city limits, came under fire Friday from some of those who pushed for the monuments’ removal. Malcolm Suber, a leader of the group Take ‘Em Down NOLA, criticized the entire process, saying it was “absurd” Cantrell would “have these meetings with these people who are proponents of keeping up white supremacist monuments.” […]
Suber rejected the recommendations of the Cantrell-appointed committee, saying it’s a “no-go for us to have a resurgence and reappearance of these statues in Orleans Parish. This is a fight we’ve already had.” He also raised concerns that white supremacist groups would make pilgrimages to New Orleans to see the statues.
He called for a series of public hearings to hash out what to do with the monuments.
The idea that white supremacist groups will make pilgrimages to these monuments is absurd. What’s more likely is Suber and his Antifa buddies will vandalize them.
Cantrell didn’t consult Suber because she knows that reasoning with him would be a waste of time. After all, Suber has made it clear he won’t stop with Confederate monuments. He wants the removal of monuments to everyone from Bienville to Andrew Jackson.
This committee was payback to the white business community for their support of Cantrell. Most of these people started out supporting Michael Bagneris in the primary and then lined up behind Cantrell in the runoff.
For what it’s worth, Suber isn’t the only one opposed to this committee’s decision. The pro-monument Save Our Circle group is also opposed to this committee. They too are calling for public hearings on the future of the monuments.
Whether or not this committee’s suggestions will be acted on is anyone’s guess.