That’s it. The last of the four supposedly offensive monuments that once dotted the New Orleans landscape have been hauled away.
The last monument to be pulled from its moors and unceremoniously tossed aside as refuse was the city’s most famous monument from it’s most famous circle. The statue of Confederate General, Robert E. Lee was removed from it’s perch on Lee Circle Friday morning as New Orleans’ liberal leaders continued their whitewashing of the city’s history books.
Erected in 1884, Lee’s is the last of four monuments to Confederate-era figures to be removed in accordance with a 2015 City Council vote.
The city removed a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis last week; a statue of Confederate Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard on Wednesday; and a monument memorializing a deadly 1874 white-supremacist uprising in April.
Those three statues were taken down without advance public notice, a precautionary measure after officials said threats had been made against contractors and workers involved in the effort.
Of the four monuments, Lee’s was easily the most prominent, with the bronze statue alone being close to 20 feet tall. It’s an image of Lee standing tall in uniform, with his arms crossed defiantly, looking toward the northern horizon from atop a roughly 60-foot-tall column.
The third confederate statue is now down. Another step forward for our city. pic.twitter.com/MxIgs1NTrD
— Mitch Landrieu (@MitchLandrieu) May 17, 2017
— Rob Krieger (@Rob_Krieger) May 19, 2017
The Lee statue came down only after 3 similar memorials were removed in surprise pre-dawn actions meant to avoid confrontation, but it appears that the city’s government was needlessly worried as no one offered any major resistance to the removal of any of the monuments.
The removal of the monuments (and similar moves across the country) have caused much division throughout the nation. Many on the left have argued that the monuments memorialize racism, hatred, and a darker time in our nation’s history. On the right the argument is countered by pointing out that the monuments memorialize our history, they remind us of where we’ve been and how far we’ve come, and while we may disagree with the beliefs of those memorialized that does not automatically make them unworthy of being remembered. Throughout the South, in particular, many of these memorials remind locals of their own family stories and thus have great meaning for their communities.
While the nation may remain divided on the ongoing attacks upon our common history – it seems that the left will likely continue to win the battle to erase our past.