Taking down Confederate monuments not an easy task

Taking down Confederate monuments not an easy task

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's effort to take down confederate monuments is meeting opposition.

"With the state capitols and the Confederate flags coming down, I think that's the right thing to do, but I'm not so sure about extending that to other symbols of the Civil War," monument supporter Marianne Knight said.

Landrieu's plan to remove the historical General Robert E. Lee Monument, General P.G.T. Beauregard equestrian statue, Jefferson Davis Monument and the Liberty Monument will need backing by the council to become reality.

"I think it took the mayor a lot more courage than it takes me to say what I'm saying," Councilman James Gray said. "If only one person voted on it and I was that person, we'd take it down tomorrow. But I think we ought to have a discussion and get a consensus from the community."

"To take the monuments down, would be to take erase a very particular interpretation of the civil war," UNO historian Mary Mitchell said. "If we continue to pass by them and don't talk about them and let them go by unnoticed, they can continue to be symbols of oppression."

She said societies have taken down monuments throughout time. Those monuments are often put in a museum or a monument erected next to it as a counterpart.

"If we have a discussion about them, and we let someone or perhaps an artist create their own rendering that would be another interpretation next to say the Lee monument or Jeff Davis monument that might be a solution," she said.

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