The (pardon the pun) whitewashing and cleansing of history so liberals can rewrite it in their own image has gotten to another shameful level.
New Orleans Removes Statue Of Robert E. Lee
On Friday, the city of New Orleans is removing a 20-foot statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
Lee’s statue is the fourth and last of Confederate-related statues that the city has removed, although unlike the others, Lee’s statue will be taken down during the day. The removal of the statues followed a 2015 City Council vote; Confederate President Jefferson Davis’ statue was taken down last week; Confederate Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard’s on Wednesday; and a monument memorializing a 1874 white-supremacist uprising was removed in April. The other statues were taken down in pre-dawn hours because there were alleged threats against contractors and workers scheduled to remove them.
AP reported that the city issued a news release stating the statues were “erected decades after the Civil War to celebrate the ‘Cult of the Lost Cause,’ a movement recognized across the South as celebrating and promoting white supremacy.”
<<BUZZER> Sorry, wrong answer.
The statue of the general sat atop Lee Circle, a vaunted roundabout in the Crescent City. Since 1884, Lee has stood in a place of prominence atop a multistory, white stone column facing north allowing Lee to keep a watchful eye on “the enemy.”
Mayor Mitch Landrieu has been pushing for the removal of the statues since the 2015 massacre of nine black parishioners at a South Carolina church by Dylann Roof, who termed himself a racist and displayed Confederate battle flags in photos.
Giving the Left the excuse they needed. As you remember, this is when th “Dukes of Hazzard” was also banned. The Democrats are burying their own history and making it look sanctimonious.
Landrieu said last month, “We will no longer allow the Confederacy to literally be put on a pedestal in the heart of our city.”
“They are not just innocent remembrances of a benign history. These monuments celebrate a fictional, sanitized Confederacy ignoring the death, ignoring the enslavement, ignoring the terror that it actually stood for,” Landrieu said, noting that Lee and the Confederate army fought against the United States. “They may have been warriors, but in this cause they were not patriots.”
As for the statues themselves, the city said it has received offers from public and private institutions to take individual monuments; only nonprofits and governmental entities will qualify. The city insisted that anyone who submits a proposal must explain how they would “place the statues in context both in terms of why they were first erected and why the city chose to remove them in 2015.” They are banned from displaying them outdoors on public property within the city.
Substitute “statues/monuments” for plans in the following quote from Douglas Adams’ Hitchhikers Guide to The Galaxy
“But the plans were on display…”
“On display? I eventually had to go down to the cellar to find them.”
“That’s the display department.”
“With a flashlight.”
“Ah, well, the lights had probably gone.”
“So had the stairs.”
“But look, you found the notice, didn’t you?”
“Yes,” said Arthur, “yes I did. It was on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying ‘Beware of the Leopard.”