Landrieu writing a book on race relations, Confederate-era monuments

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Mayor Mitch Landrieu.
  • Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

Here's something for your spring reading list: According to an Associated Press report, Mayor Mitch Landrieu is writing a book "about his views on race and his support for taking down four Confederate monuments earlier this year."

In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History will be published by Viking Press in March 2018. Here's what the publisher has to say about it:
“There is a difference between remembrance of history and reverence for it.” When Mitch Landrieu addressed the people of New Orleans in 
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May 2017 about his decision to take down four Confederate monuments, including the statue of Robert E. Lee, he struck a nerve nationally, and his speech has now been heard or seen by millions across the country. In his first book, Mayor Landrieu discusses his personal journey on race as well as the path he took to making the decision to remove the monuments, tackles the broader history of slavery, race and institutional inequities that still bedevil America, and traces his personal relationship to this history. His father, as state senator and mayor, was a huge force in the integration of New Orleans in the 1960s and 19070s. Landrieu grew up with a progressive education in one of the nation’s most racially divided cities, but even he had to relearn Southern history as it really happened.

Equal parts unblinking memoir, history, and prescription for finally confronting America’s most painful legacy, In the Shadow of Statues will contribute strongly to the national conversation about race in the age of Donald Trump, at a time when racism is resurgent with seemingly tacit approval from the highest levels of government and when too many Americans have a misplaced nostalgia for a time and place that never existed.
Landrieu's predecessor in office, Ray Nagin, wrote his own memoir, Katrina's Secrets, and former Gov. Bobby Jindal penned two books, Leadership and Crisis and American Will: The Forgotten Choices That Changed Our Republic-And Offer Lessons for Its Future.



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