Take ‘Em Down NOLA, a group that has pushed for the removal of Confederate symbolism in the city, is blasting Cantrell for not bringing those who supported the removal of four statues last year to the table to discuss what to do with the monuments.
In response to news that Cantrell had set up a working group made up of people who opposed Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s plans to remove the statues, Take ‘Em Down issued an open letter saying the plan was “wrong and disrespectful to the people of the city.”
“We are very disappointed and angry that you would set up a secret working group to discuss the fate of these monuments, not meet in public, and only include people who wanted these monuments to stay up,” according to the letter.
“We therefore ask you to disband the secret working group immediately,” the letter concludes. “We further ask you to outline what public process you will use to seek to hear the voices of the people and what public process you will use to decide how these statues are to be disposed of.”