NO City Council weighs in on call to remove Confederate statues

NO City Council weighs in on call to remove Confederate statues

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A day after Mayor Mitch Landrieu called for statues honoring the Confederacy to be removed, city leaders are echoing the call, but caution against moving too hastily.

"I don't think rushing to deal with one statue is the way to go, I think having a thoughtful discussion with all of New Orleans - old, young, black, white, Latin, Asian, gay, straight - to talk about what we want our monuments to say, what we want to symbolize the city of New Orleans," Councilman Jason Williams said.

The statues drawing the most ire include three monuments honoring Confederate leaders: Robert E. Lee, P.G.T. Beauregard and Jefferson Davis.

Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell said she's already working on a motion to begin discussions about removing the Jefferson Davis statue.

"I think it would be a sign that we really are about creating a place for everyone, that we are conscious of everyone having a right to quality of life and not constantly reminded of Jim Crow South," Cantrell said.

Some council members feel removing the statues would put the city on the forefront of the national discussion.

"I think now because of the incidents in South Carolina, people are going to be looking very closely at cities now and states to see how they handle this issue and I think this is going to put us in a good place to say we're not just talking about it, we're taking very active steps to create some racial reconciliation in our city," Councilwoman Nadine Ramsey said.

One other council member, James Gray, agreed with the mayor. Councilwomen Stacy Head and Susan Guidry declined to comment on the issue.

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