New Orleans to take down statue of Lee; mayor says it will allow city to heal


Photographs by AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

In this Sept. 2, 2015 file photo, the statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee stands in Lee Circle in New Orleans.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says taking down a prominent statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee will allow his city to "heal and become the city we always should have been."

Lee's statue comes down Friday, the last of four Confederate-related statues to be removed from public property in the Louisiana city.

Landrieu plans to address city residents later Friday. He said in an interview with The Associated Press that "we don't want these statues in places of reverence; they need to be in places of remembrance."

Three other Confederacy-related statues were removed at night. The mayor said the Lee statue is coming down in the daytime because officials couldn't guarantee the safety of construction workers from nearby electrical lines if they worked at night.

Read Saturday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.


FIREARK says...

Wow! The things politicians will do to get votes for re-election.

Posted 19 May 2017, 12:38 p.m. Suggest removal

RBear says...

Wow! The things public officials will do to put to rest racial divisions.

Posted 19 May 2017, 12:55 p.m. Suggest removal

leojas says...

The funny thing about these stautues being tore down. With out men like general lee and the other great general of the southern cause that was fighting for the way of life they knew at the time be it right or wrong, slavery would have continued for several more years.

Posted 19 May 2017, 1:04 p.m. Suggest removal

Delta123 says...

Yes Bear, you're right. I think we will now see an unprecedented time of racial harmony and peace in the Big Easy because these statues were removed. I see a new dawn, where there will be no more crime, no more hatred and the lion will lay down with the lamb. And to think it was all because of these 4 statues. Oh if they had only done this sooner.

Posted 19 May 2017, 1:23 p.m. Suggest removal

rback57 says...

I live in the New Orleans area and the reason mitch the bitch is doing this is to deflect attention away from the high crime/murder rate. The French Quarter historically was crime free, but since this clown has been mayor robbery & shootings are the norm.

Posted 19 May 2017, 1:33 p.m. Suggest removal

Slak says...

"History is written by the victors." - Winston Churchill
"All babies look like Winston Churchill." - Edmund R Murrow
10 People Who Were Erased From History - Jason Stokes
As is often the case, at times it became inconvenient for certain truths to be widely known, let alone published as an eternal record. Occasionally, certain events—and even people—were simply written out. Very rarely a complete success, only rumors and side notes revealed that there had been any attempt at a cover-up. As time progresses, we continue to uncover more and more historical figures who were whited out in an editorial revision of undesirable history.
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Posted 19 May 2017, 1:44 p.m. Suggest removal

3WorldState1 says...

Won't someone think of the racist children!!!?!?!?
Here's a serious question. Are they supposed to stand there forever? Why? Because they were put there? Will the Ten commandment statue that is placed on our Government property have to stay there forever until the end of time? Why? Because it got put there? Under the same argument, it wasnt there before, so maybe it should never be there.
Look at it like this. These racists individuals, even if it was of the times, had a good run. Now it's someone's else's time.
Buy a statue of this individual and put it in your yard. This is still a free country no matter what Rush tells you. And I listen to Rush. And that's all he does. Tells his listeners what to think. Sheeple indeed.

Posted 19 May 2017, 1:47 p.m. Suggest removal

Packman says...

Since Mayor Landrieu's daddy was a noted segregationist, will the good Mayor remove himself so the city can heal and put to rest racial divisions? What about all the other monuments in Louisiana and elsewhere to those evil segregationists of yesteryear? How can we EVER put a rest to racial divisions with all symbols of hate and bigotry spewed by famed Democrat segregationists that include statues and roads and buildings named in their honor. In Arkansas, for example, we have a law school named in honor of a rabid segregationist (J. William Fulbright). My oh my, how will we EVER survive????????

Posted 19 May 2017, 2:02 p.m. Suggest removal

Delta123 says...

Ross Barnett Reservoir in Mississippi must be drained. Racists can take the racist water from that racist lake and build their own racist ponds on their own racist property. And then the lion shall lay down with the lamb and we will all live happily ever after.

Posted 19 May 2017, 2:10 p.m. Suggest removal

mrcharles says...

Delta a big Yes for your walk with thy Lord thy G-d, which I would just note that you failed to add--- "only to do right and to love goodness".

Is it the leadership of Lee killing soldiers of the USA that made him deserve a statute , but perhaps it could have been to ensure slavery lasted longer, after all he being a White Christian warrior and slavery as we know was not objected to by either Paul or Mary's son.

I know germans, have relatives who married Germans, and they are good and honest people, they have a history too. Yet most do not feel discriminated against by not having some of their heritage figures be placed in statutes and/or even the high regard that many here do to people who could be seen as traitors or supporters of inhumane agendas.

As the great and mighty trump said, the USA is not so innocent.

Does it really make you feel good Delta when these statutes are kept up? Again remind me the honorable part of them, as I am always open to fair and balanced ideas. I would object to Judas statutes.

I did hear that Hank Williams Jr will have a statute put up all over the south with his great song playing continuously he did a few years back of the Great Reneger . Just go listen to it and feel refreshed. He of course has other refreshing songs for southern heritage types.

Would mention the unchristian part of right wing post, but then again many here are of that unique brand.

Posted 19 May 2017, 2:12 p.m. Suggest removal

RBear says...

Ah Pack, the dumba$$ (your usual words to others) things you say to try to deflect from the point. Assigning the blame to the children would fit your twisted view of society. The fact is that these acts will HELP move a community towards reconciliation. How anyone can uphold these men as good is beyond me. I guess had you been in Germany you would have been extolling the virtues of Rommel, Goering, and Himmler.

Posted 19 May 2017, 2:27 p.m. Suggest removal

Delta123 says...

Chuck, you are an eternal ray of sunshine. So you think the removal of these statues, lake names, Robert Byrd memorial highways and such will bring about a post-racial renaissance the likes of which we've never seen? I sure hope you're right. After we purge the sons of old Dixie we may want to get after any who participated in the "winning the west". Could start back in NOLA and take Old Hickory down off of his high horse and Jackson Square. Being as he wasn't pleasant to our native American bros (Trail of Tears anyone?) and likely also a flaming racist. Come on NOLA, if you're gonna purge why stop with Lee and them? Maybe Nagin Square would have a better ring. (He of Chocolate City fame).

Posted 19 May 2017, 2:32 p.m. Suggest removal

mrcharles says...

delta I think we need a statute of Gen Custer with the song by Johnny Cash , Custer blaring out the joy of a hero:
With victories he was swimming he killed children dogs and women
But the General he don't ride well anymore
Crazy Horse sent out the call to Sitting Bull and Gall
And the General he don't ride well anymore.

as to old Hickory, he only did what Christians did across the land to the natives- after all they aint white. And many of the old and children would have died anyway, as we are all destined too

Not sure talking Apes will ever allow the Jews to see their version of the anointed one appear [ no, it was not Cyrus, or the others mentioned in the OT] . There will always be racial purity worries, the real one true "WORD" that allows holy killing, our women being stolen or disrespected by others, fights over molten idols vs monuments being prohibited , and other real important things. Yet , just for example , out of the blue if EWE were mentioning a valid historical fact performed by those who were saved by the savior who in their spare time lynched the descendants of Cain, to those descendants you would not be changing history but you would create hard and/or hurt feelings though quite historical. Therefore , as it was in the beginning, Why be an ass "and" a colt and ride into that territory of hate.Why not be a sheep during the judgment of nations?

Oh , Slak, sound wisdom again, I, As a student of the workers paradise beyond the Ural mountains, validate they about wore out the printing presses keeping up with what was true for the moment. Here- we know that Lee lead the south to kill soldiers of the USA, treason against USA, that the southern masters had the audacity to create impure children by their lust[ a strom Thurmond like act], that while slavery was biblical, people began to feel uneasy about it's whole system.. you know kinda like modern christian liberals pick and choose out of the bible the good parts instead of the genocide [ many of southern sermons on this subject] , incest, rape, killing and murder, pillaging and generally acting like rioting college youths after a national championship. Yet the Texas school board is working on that other history to preserve alternate feel good history for the white man.

I was born to set fire to the rain. but lets agree, talking primates are imperfect creations of them creators.

Posted 19 May 2017, 3:46 p.m. Suggest removal

dearlo says...

History should not be changed. I'm 65 and my family and grandparents never ever mistreated anyone of any color or race and none of us would ever dream of owning another person.

Posted 19 May 2017, 4:25 p.m. Suggest removal

Packman says...

Hey RBear - Excuse me? Isn't the point to pave the way for racial healing? Doesn't removal of those symbols that perpetuate the racial divide lead to racial harmony? How can we ignore those symbols of state-sanctioned segregation and be true to racial harmony? How can you live with yourself, RBear, knowing your silence equals acceptance. Deflect? I'm with you on this one, RBear. I'm just wondering why you are limiting your desires for racial harmony to a single vestige?
Would someone fluent in Crazy kindly translate mrcharles?

Posted 19 May 2017, 4:37 p.m. Suggest removal

Slak says...

mrcharles, It is a joy to know we are both alive and capable of corresponding this late in the second decade of the 21st century. I wish only we could once clink our tin cups in the brotherhood of loud noise and burning flame and soiled underwear. There were terrified sisters, too, but we looked on them as brothers unless they were very beautiful and then we might have lusted in our flesh, to our shame but not to our eternal damnation.
It remains a mystery that anyone could respect the losers who represent the defeat and humiliation of the old southern culture. It is their failures, the failure to keep the peace, the failure to win the war they sought, that led to the many years of Reconstruction wherein a whole new generation of Southerners learned to despise and hate with greater purity and focus. They are false gods who brought ruination to those who worshipped them.

Posted 19 May 2017, 4:41 p.m. Suggest removal

BuddyB says...

What next will have to be done to appease the complainers. Nothing will satisfy them. These statutes are decades old and they are just now being criticized.

Posted 19 May 2017, 4:46 p.m. Suggest removal

mozarky2 says...

The racist democrats of the present day erasing the racist legacy of the racist democrats of yesteryear...

Posted 19 May 2017, 6:21 p.m. Suggest removal

cliffcarson says...

History cannot be changed. The telling of it can be spun, lied about, or ignored. The fact that you penned a statement suggesting that it should not be changed can never be erased from history - you cannot unring the bell. There was a Civil War. Great leaders existed on either side. They deserve to be remembered. Monuments can be a good reminder. The people have a right to be free thinkers.

Posted 19 May 2017, 10:51 p.m. Suggest removal

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