“The removal of these statues sends a clear message, an unequivocal message to the people of New Orleans, and to the people of our nation, that New Orleans celebrates our diversity,” Landrieu said.
Article regarding Southern monuments being destroyed and the New Orleans mayor
having words about it.
That’s either a gold plated nerve that I’m looking at or a low down case of ignorance within that statement. It’s either a boasting about being cold blooded enough to uphold peace for one brother by whooping the hell out of the other or a lack of manners. Maybe it’s simply ignorance on whether celebrations of diversity pass cultural demonization out as party favors.
I understand that Southern heritage and pride is to be, at most, held sacred by its natives. At the least, respected by law and blessed by common human decency.
I also understand that North and South reunited; one did not eradicate the other. It was a sister returning home, beaten and bleeding. She was to be embraced and all kinds of prayers of thanks offered for her return.
Her personal belongings weren’t supposed to be thrown out, the things she holds dear. These mementoes from a past not all can share with her, tributes which give her comfort in soulfully intimate ways through remembrance. Even the worst memories can end up being transformed into something beautiful for individuals. It most definitely is not the job of other flawed human beings to make that kind of decision for each of us, what to toss out and keep.
Passively allowing the assault of something as intimate as our thoughts on what things are “supposed” to mean to us is the most breathtakingly arrogant thing I’ve seen us condone as a whole.
Thousands of young men, forced to serve, died serving that heritage.
Civil War draft
There were great numbers of black Confederate Soldiers who volunteered. They served and spilled blood fighting for varied benefit on promise of that heritage, for many..the land of their birth.
Countless men and women saturated this land with their blood and tears. They were suffering alongside their siblings from the “opposition” . They were forced into a war in which they had no say in. Many families are still aching from the blows inflicted upon them during that time. Would it have been so bad to continue believing all was behind us due to the fact that we all pulled together? Was there truly this need to spitefully rip open a wound we’ve been doing our best to heal without instigators and fire starters involved?
The very least we owe them is to pretend that we deserve title of being the future where those desperate dreams of “equality” applied to. You know, the idea of “equality” that doomed white Southern abolitionists were often hung for.
Sadly, all we’ve shown is that we think equality is accomplished by charging into rooms and turning tables all over the place.
For us to sit by and bobble head nod our way through agreeing with the public and illegal destruction of a targeted American people’s rights of representation…in the year 2017 folks…..there should be a hot streak of shame running through us for it.
Especially when most of us can reach into our wallet and drag out a twenty bill with the face of one of the more famous Native American murderers on it..Andrew Jackson.
If a mayor wishes to talk about daily painful reminders that allegedly “require” removal, then he should do something about banning that offensive bill as well.
Mardi Gras seems like the opportune time. There’s plenty of those bills flying around at that time.
Let me know when they chuck THAT into their high and mighty “Bonfire of Indignancies”