Live updates: House committee debates bid to block removal of New Orleans Confederate monuments _lowres

Advocate file photo by MATTHEW HINTON--The sun moves behind the statue of Confederate Robert E. Lee at Lee Circle in New Orleans shortly after the city council voted 6-1 to remove the Lee statue, a statue of Confederate Jefferson Davis, Confederate P.G.T. Beauregard, and a monument memorializing a White League white supremacist uprising, in New Orleans, La.

As someone who can see both sides of the New Orleans monument removal issue, I would like to propose what I think is a reasonable solution to the controversy.

The monuments are a part of our history, honoring causes and people that were once respected and admired. Removing them will not erase the unfortunate history attached to these structures.

I suggest that instead of dismantling them, we should add additional monuments that are more appropriate for today’s sensibilities. These could include large plaques placed close to the “offensive” monuments that could explain the history and the subsequent information that belief systems have changed (matured/improved).

When we bury the past, when we “forget” it, we are doomed to repeat it. As a friend so eloquently put it, “Do they want to remove the entire city of New Orleans? After all, it was a major slave-trading location.”

Laura Miller

retired professor

New Orleans