New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has proposed removing all monuments of Confederate leaders, thereby destroying segments of the history of New Orleans. It must be remembered that New Orleans, since its founding in 1718, has been under four flags: the French, the Spanish, the Confederate and the United States.
The legislative body of Louisiana voted to secede from the Union and become part of the Confederacy, a perfectly legal and legitimate action. As a result, removing the statues of Robert E. Lee, Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard and Jefferson Davis is destroying part of our heritage.
Should we remove the monument of the Jefferson Memorial since Thomas Jefferson owned slaves? Should we rename the city of Washington, D.C., since Washington owned slaves? And on and on!! WHERE WOULD IT END?
Furthermore, the vast majority of the officers and soldiers of the Confederate army did not own slaves but were fighting for their country, the Confederate States of America.
Aside from the unrealistic idea of removing the above-named statues, it has been pointed out that there are six other statues around the city.
Then, there is the bizarre suggestion that 18 streets named after Civil War leaders be changed. This would be a terrible burden to all the residents living on those streets, not to mention the expense of removing signs, changing maps, etc.
Instead of our tax dollars being spent on these suggestions, money should be dedicated instead to fixing potholes and tackling our serious crime problem. So we sincerely request and beg you to rethink the above mentioned plans. It’s history, it’s over! WHERE WOULD IT END?
Jane Leach King
associate, Gardner Realtors