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New Orleans is Tearing Down Their Last Confederate Memorial

The City of New Orleans is taking down their last Confederate memorial today… the statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee. The Civil War is part of American history. There were good people on both sides of the conflict and that war determined the direction the nation would go. To remove military memorials is to try and rewrite that history and pretend it never happened. It is revisionist running amok.

This was the last of four statues. They took down three before dawn so that no one would see. The Lee statue they are taking down in the middle of the day is to make a political statement.

From Fox News:

The city of New Orleans on Friday began taking down a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee, the last of four Confederate-related statues the southern city is removing.

The Lee statue is being removed during the day, unlike the other removals which took place before dawn. Mayor Mitch Landrieu plans to address the city about the removals in a speech later Friday.

At daybreak, work crews began taking out shrubs surrounding the statue with heavy equipment, Fox 8 New Orleans reported.

The station reported that workers with power tools had surrounded the base of the 60-foot tall monument.

Cops cordoned off the area Thursday as protestors gathered.

In a news release obtained by The Associated Press, the city said the statues were “erected decades after the Civil War to celebrate the ‘Cult of the Lost Cause,’ a movement recognized across the South as celebrating and promoting white supremacy.”

The mayor’s office said no public money has been used in the removal. The city said it raised $600,000 from private donors.

Landrieu has drew criticism from monument supporters and even some political allies. But he insisted throughout that the statues honoring the Confederate figures must go. he got private donors to pay for it and did it regardless of what his constituents. A dark day in America.