by Kevin Allman
I wish that the city had NOT done so under cover of darkness but the Mayor has said that there were death threats against the work crew. Unfortunately, I believe him. BUT since other security measures were taken, I still think it should have been done during the day. I, for one, am proud of this action, which is why I don’t think we should be sneaking around. It gives the appearance of wrongdoing when they’re doing the right thing. Celebrating hatred and racism is unacceptable.
I also wish Mayor Landrieu would stop calling them Confederate monuments. The one that was removed this morning, the so-called Liberty monument, honors the triumph of white supremacy during Reconstruction. The remaining three statues honor Confederate dignitaries-only one local-and were erected in celebration of white supremacy, which is why I use that term.
Landrieu is securing his legacy as Mitch the Destroyer. It’s almost as if he wants his father’s name, Moon or Moonlight. But this spineless man, doing his bidding in the shadows, his dirt at night, runs a tyrannical government, the opposite of what America is founded on.• Columnist Tim Morris at NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune wonders if all the cloak-and-dagger stuff was necessary:
There is plenty of evidence that concern for public safety is warranted. But how do we know if the high level of security and secrecy is appropriate? How much information should be kept from the public? Government secrecy is at odds with basic democratic principles. As the U.S. Supreme Court has noted, "an informed public is the most potent of all restraints upon misgovernment."• Jazz Shaw at Hot Air:
Will the remaining monuments be taken down under cover of darkness? With snipers posted nearby? What are the snipers' orders? Is this level of military-like protection needed?
Taking down the statue doesn’t erase it from living memory as much as some might wish it could. Rather than lionizing the Crescent City White League, proponents argue that it also serves as a reminder of how bad things got in some areas during reconstruction and just how far we’ve come since then.And a few tweets: