The last of 4 statues of Confederate Generals was taken down by the order of the city mayor.
This Friday, the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in New Orleans was at last taken down amid cheers and applause. It was the last of four statues so Confederate generals the city decided to get rid off.
The initiative to remove confederate monuments representing white supremacy had a long history. In a speech, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu agreed that the statues were part of a “movement which became known as the cult of the Lost Cause.”
“This ‘cult’ had one goal,” he said, “through monuments and through other means, to rewrite history to hide the truth, which is that the Confederacy was on the wrong side of humanity.”
“These monuments purposefully celebrate a fictional, sanitized Confederacy, ignoring the death, ignoring the enslavement and the terror that it actually stood for.”
Despite some tension, the procedure of the removal was successful and we are glad to share this victory with all Black people of America. “We have a lot more power than we know, if we just claim it,” Michael “Quess” Moore, the co-founder of the group Take ’Em Down NOLA said and he is perfectly right, so we shouldn’t forget that there are around 700 more statues of Confederate Generals, soldiers, and politicians waiting for their turn.