In a controversial statement, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said that the removal of historical monuments honoring the Confederacy is necessary to stop “hate”. The statement was made after the relocation of a statue at the heart of the New Orlean’s City Park that honored P.G.T. Beauregard. He was a prominent general of the Confederacy as well as successful equestrian, politician, inventor, and writer.
It was in that statement that Landrieu said that by removing the statue, the city would no longer be supporting “White supremacy”, apparently unaware that Beauregard was part of the reform party that advanced civil rights and advocated a reconstruction that included blacks as well as Whites.
Heartbreaking video showing the removal of P.G.T. Beauregard monument.
The previous monuments removed were a statue honoring Jefferson Davis, the President of the Confederacy, and a monument to the battle of Liberty Place. The only remaining monument is a statue that honors General Robert E. Lee, who is considered one of the greatest generals in American history and, like Beauregard, was against slavery.
Activists that fight against the removal of the historical monuments such as Save Our Circle have criticized Landrieu for a lack of transparency. Particularly Landrieu is facing criticism for funding the removal of public monuments with private donations that have never been disclosed. If the government can vote, without addressing the people, and remove statues and monuments with private money, where would things end? Would we see the removal of statues of founding fathers paid for by anonymous donors and implemented by the government without consideration for citizens?
Other criticisms leveled at the removal of these monuments include a lawsuit that states the government is ignoring the will of the people because of their political opinions which violate the constitution. The fact that the mayor is flagrantly breaking the law by having the crews removing the statues wear masks to hide their identity and because of the unpopularity of the removal, certainly, aids the case. Critics note that, despite the violence being shown by protesters in favor of removing the statues, so far all arrests that are public knowledge have been made against non-violent protesters against the removal of the statues.
The removal of these monuments has emboldened movements such as Black Lives Matters that wishes to see the history of the Confederacy and everything else they disagree with removed. The group has pushed for dozens of more removals now, including former President Andrew Jackson, who is seen as a great general and war hero as well as a beloved man of the people who fought cultural and financial elitists on behalf of the worker. Despite propagandist claims that Jackson was a genocidal racist, he was attempting to protect them from White retribution for attacks on towns through the Indian Removal Act.
This is not the first time that American and especially Southern heritage has been under attack by leftists. In another act that had no input from the people, the government has begun plans to remove Andrew Jackson from the 20 dollar bill. Confederate flag license plates were banned by the Supreme Court using the specious reasoning that vanity license plates are an endorsement by the government, which would lead one to ask if the government then “endorses” vanity license plates such as “assman” or other vulgar plates?
The Confederate flag, in particular, has faced an assault by both commercial and government entities. In South Carolina, the Confederate flag on the statehouse grounds was removed. Alabama also removed the Confederate flag from the state capitol grounds. Amazon banned the sale of Confederate flags on their website, despite the fact that they allow the sale of Communist flags.
Leftist hatred for Confederate history is not limited to monuments either, in their most disgusting acts, they have vandalized and desecrated graves as well. One example in Raleigh, NC saw grave markers vandalized and defaced. The most disgusting act of hatred, however, was when a group of “anti-racist” protesters dug up the grave of General Nathan Bedford Forrest.