Here is a transcript of our mayor’s address on the removal of the Confederate monuments in New Orleans (the last of those slated for removal came down Friday). (edit - since there’s no image visible in the list on the GT page, I want to notify everyone there are deeply satisfying images in this post!)
America was the place where nearly 4,000 of our fellow citizens were lynched, 540 alone in Louisiana; where the courts enshrined ‘separate but equal’; where Freedom riders coming to New Orleans were beaten to a bloody pulp.
So when people say to me that the monuments in question are history, well what I just described is real history as well, and it is the searing truth.
And it immediately begs the questions: why there are no slave ship monuments, no prominent markers on public land to remember the lynchings or the slave blocks; nothing to remember this long chapter of our lives; the pain, the sacrifice, the shame … all of it happening on the soil of New Orleans.
So for those self-appointed defenders of history and the monuments, they are eerily silent on what amounts to this historical malfeasance, a lie by omission.
Also, I highly recommend watching footage and images of Robert E. Lee coming down. I’ll admit (as this first instragrammer does) that I was surprised at how powerful the moment felt - and I was just watching it from inside my house (even though I live near there). Good riddance, you motherfucker.