Despite the fact that I now live several states away, New Orleans is my hometown. Watching the news, I heard that in an effort to be politically correct, the local government now wishes to remove all Confederate monuments.

If New Orleans wishes to follow such a misguided idea, it needs to be more complete in its efforts. From 1803 through 1861, the U.S. flag flew over Louisiana, and slavery was legal. The Confederate flag only flew for four short years, the first two of which, under U.S. law, slavery was still legal. So it stands to reason, that to be politically correct, ALL references to the United States need to be removed also! But let’s not stop there. Slavery was legal under the French flag. Perhaps someone should sue New Orleans for having a French Quarter, because the French allowed slavery in Louisiana.

But, far be it for an African-American to bring that lawsuit, because African chiefs were selling the slaves to American ship captains, so any reference to Africans should also be banned since they were involved in the slave trade.

Then again, any reference to any background is insulting to someone, so we ALL need to SHUT UP! Or, “Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone!”

Edmond V. Schwab Sr.

retired postal worker

Woodburn, Kentucky