Due to recent racial current events throughout the country, Mayor Mitch Landrieu has suggested the removal of public Confederate monuments to prevent racial tensions from entering our city.

Although many are indifferent about the monuments, Mayor Landrieu has found a lot of support from some members of his community with the request. On the other hand, there are those who view the statues as a deep part of not only the culture of New Orleans, but also the entire South. I personally advocate their removal. With racial tensions growing in different parts of the country, the removal of Confederate symbols across the nation has served to ease the escalating tensions, and I believe that may also help to unify New Orleans.

While the statues have been in the city for many years, they represent a controversial history, and I believe their removal will serve to help remove the city from all ties to its dark past.

Alvin Magee

student

New Orleans