I wish to salute Tom Longmire for his insightful letter to the editor. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s concept of “inclusion” apparently is quite subjective. But I digress and wish to observe that events can remain alive in our memories seemingly forever. The mayor’s effort to tear down Confederate monuments will become such a memory.
When I was a child in the very early 1960s, my 100-year-old great-aunt told me about life in New Orleans during what is now known as Reconstruction. It’s a bland name for a terrible era. I learned about “Silver Spoon” Butler, and how life became so bad under carpetbaggers and their scallawag allies that some of my great-aunt’s male relatives fought a pitched battle on Canal Street. That was nearly 150 years ago, but these events are still freshly remembered.
The mayor’s left-wing, politically driven effort to remove the Confederate monuments will not be forgotten, either. I have absolutely no doubt that New Orleanians in the year 2150 will still remember his campaign to remove our monuments. He will have his place in history with Benjamin Butler.