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New Orleans to take down statue of Lee; mayor says it will allow city to heal

By The Associated Press

This article was published May 19, 2017 at 11:12 a.m.


In this Sept. 2, 2015 file photo, the statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee stands in Lee Circle in New Orleans.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says taking down a prominent statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee will allow his city to "heal and become the city we always should have been."

Lee's statue comes down Friday, the last of four Confederate-related statues to be removed from public property in the Louisiana city.

Landrieu plans to address city residents later Friday. He said in an interview with The Associated Press that "we don't want these statues in places of reverence; they need to be in places of remembrance."

Three other Confederacy-related statues were removed at night. The mayor said the Lee statue is coming down in the daytime because officials couldn't guarantee the safety of construction workers from nearby electrical lines if they worked at night.

Read Saturday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.


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FIREARK says... May 19, 2017 at 12:38 p.m.

Wow! The things politicians will do to get votes for re-election.

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RBear says... May 19, 2017 at 12:55 p.m.

Wow! The things public officials will do to put to rest racial divisions.

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leojas says... May 19, 2017 at 1:04 p.m.

The funny thing about these stautues being tore down. With out men like general lee and the other great general of the southern cause that was fighting for the way of life they knew at the time be it right or wrong, slavery would have continued for several more years.

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Delta123 says... May 19, 2017 at 1:23 p.m.

Yes Bear, you're right. I think we will now see an unprecedented time of racial harmony and peace in the Big Easy because these statues were removed. I see a new dawn, where there will be no more crime, no more hatred and the lion will lay down with the lamb. And to think it was all because of these 4 statues. Oh if they had only done this sooner.

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rback57 says... May 19, 2017 at 1:33 p.m.

I live in the New Orleans area and the reason mitch the bitch is doing this is to deflect attention away from the high crime/murder rate. The French Quarter historically was crime free, but since this clown has been mayor robbery & shootings are the norm.

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Slak says... May 19, 2017 at 1:44 p.m.

"History is written by the victors." - Winston Churchill
"All babies look like Winston Churchill." - Edmund R Murrow
10 People Who Were Erased From History - Jason Stokes
As is often the case, at times it became inconvenient for certain truths to be widely known, let alone published as an eternal record. Occasionally, certain events—and even people—were simply written out. Very rarely a complete success, only rumors and side notes revealed that there had been any attempt at a cover-up. As time progresses, we continue to uncover more and more historical figures who were whited out in an editorial revision of undesirable history.
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3WorldState1 says... May 19, 2017 at 1:47 p.m.

Won't someone think of the racist children!!!?!?!?
Here's a serious question. Are they supposed to stand there forever? Why? Because they were put there? Will the Ten commandment statue that is placed on our Government property have to stay there forever until the end of time? Why? Because it got put there? Under the same argument, it wasnt there before, so maybe it should never be there.
Look at it like this. These racists individuals, even if it was of the times, had a good run. Now it's someone's else's time.
Buy a statue of this individual and put it in your yard. This is still a free country no matter what Rush tells you. And I listen to Rush. And that's all he does. Tells his listeners what to think. Sheeple indeed.

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Packman says... May 19, 2017 at 2:02 p.m.

Since Mayor Landrieu's daddy was a noted segregationist, will the good Mayor remove himself so the city can heal and put to rest racial divisions? What about all the other monuments in Louisiana and elsewhere to those evil segregationists of yesteryear? How can we EVER put a rest to racial divisions with all symbols of hate and bigotry spewed by famed Democrat segregationists that include statues and roads and buildings named in their honor. In Arkansas, for example, we have a law school named in honor of a rabid segregationist (J. William Fulbright). My oh my, how will we EVER survive????????

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Delta123 says... May 19, 2017 at 2:10 p.m.

Ross Barnett Reservoir in Mississippi must be drained. Racists can take the racist water from that racist lake and build their own racist ponds on their own racist property. And then the lion shall lay down with the lamb and we will all live happily ever after.

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mrcharles says... May 19, 2017 at 2:12 p.m.

Delta a big Yes for your walk with thy Lord thy G-d, which I would just note that you failed to add--- "only to do right and to love goodness".

Is it the leadership of Lee killing soldiers of the USA that made him deserve a statute , but perhaps it could have been to ensure slavery lasted longer, after all he being a White Christian warrior and slavery as we know was not objected to by either Paul or Mary's son.

I know germans, have relatives who married Germans, and they are good and honest people, they have a history too. Yet most do not feel discriminated against by not having some of their heritage figures be placed in statutes and/or even the high regard that many here do to people who could be seen as traitors or supporters of inhumane agendas.

As the great and mighty trump said, the USA is not so innocent.

Does it really make you feel good Delta when these statutes are kept up? Again remind me the honorable part of them, as I am always open to fair and balanced ideas. I would object to Judas statutes.

I did hear that Hank Williams Jr will have a statute put up all over the south with his great song playing continuously he did a few years back of the Great Reneger . Just go listen to it and feel refreshed. He of course has other refreshing songs for southern heritage types.

Would mention the unchristian part of right wing post, but then again many here are of that unique brand.

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