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YEARS.
NBC’S GABE GUTIERREZ
HAS MORE ON THE UPROAR.
>>Reporter: IT WAS
THE DARK OF NIGHT, WORKERS IN HELMETS AND
TACTICAL VESTS TEARING
DOWN A CONFEDERATE MEMORIAL.
SECURITY SO TIGHT
SNIPERS WERE ON
ROOFTOPS.
>>WE SAY THIS IS A TOWERLESS, THAT THIS
IS HAPPENING IN THE
MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT. >>Reporter: THE
LIBERTY MONUMENT DATED
BACK TO 1891, McHENRY SAYS IT HONORED HIS
GREAT GRANDFATHER.
>>IT’S AN AGREESOUS ATTACK ON HISTORY.
THIS IS THE HISTORY OF
OUR AREA. YOU CAN’T CHANGE IT BY
PULLING DOWN
MONTHMENTS. >>Reporter: HE SAYS
THE STATUTE IS
OFFENSIVE AND ONCE USED AS A RALLYING
POINT FOR THE KU KLUX
KLAN. >>WE WON’T ALLOW THE
CONFEDERACY TO BE PUT
ON A PED STOLE IN OUR CITY.
>>Reporter: IT’S PART
OF A SOUTHERN STATE TREND TO MOVE
CONFEDERATE SYMBOLS
AFTER THE 2015 MASS CURE OF NINE BLACK
CHURCH GOERS IN NORTH
CAROLINA AND THE MAJORITY BLACK CITY
COUNSEL AND THAT YEAR
AND LEGAL BATTLES SLOW THE PROCESS.
>>IT’S SILENTLY
STOKING THE FLAMES OF HOSTILITY.
THAT’S THE PRICE TO
KEEP THEM UP AND WE CAN MOVE FORWARD TO
THE 21st CENTURY.
>>Reporter: THEY HAVE GOTTEN DEATH THREATS.

66 Comments

  • RON VIEHMAN

    The Confederacy was a pain part of our history. The fact is Robert E Lee was a trader to his country.
    Maybe Trump will have a statues to honor him one day when America becomes part of
    Russia

  • THAT RANDOM CHANNEL

    Meanwhile black on black crime is out of control they have lead in the water potholes so big you could wreck a one ton truck crack houses everywhere. But they are worried about statues.

  • GBoi1

    The Mayor of NOLA, the murder capital of the world and the 4th most dangerous city in America thanks in large part to years of leftist Democrat policies, is more worried about a few statues. If it wasn't for the french quarter and other historical districts in the city NOLA would be full blown Detroit by now.

  • Reality Check

    If anybody bothered to do some research Jefferson Davis was a hero. Taking his statue down is sad. The Politically Correct movement is destroying our country.

  • Cheshire Kat

    I wonder if post-WWII reconstruction era Germany had this kind of trouble when they started removing Nazi monuments.

  • GREG Torchia

    seems like another CIA tactic to make Southerners blood boil mission accomplished long live the republic screw the democracy

  • GREG Torchia

    Jack booted thugs in the middle of the night- SWAT teams- sniper teams- sound familiar? textbook GESTAPO TACTICS anyone?

  • A.C. Van Benthuysen

    P.G.T. Beauregard returned from the Civil War broke and penniless.  He then lead the fight to desegregate New Orleans.  How is that racist and offensive?

  • kobehal

    The "Emancipation Proclamation" an obfuscation to cloud the real issue of the South's Constitutional right to secede from the United States.

  • timber_beast

    Important to be clear – these monuments were created by southern white supremacists to celebrate the defeat of Reconstruction and the implementation of Jim Crow laws. This is (in my opinion) actually more odious than a memorial to fallen soldiers on either side. I say that as a descendant of men who died on both sides of this war.

  • Doug Weston

    They know it was wrong. That's why they did it at night! It's a shame. It was a antique being there since 1891. The Mayor must be trying to get the black vote. Leave the Statue's alone and let God be the Judge!

  • D Hatfield

    There's a difference between recording history for future generations to learn and openly taking pride in things you shouldn't be prideful about. Seriously, I may have Confederates in my ancestry, but I think this has been a long time coming.

  • Liam Young

    The other statues should go, but the Robert E. Lee one should stay as a marking as he was the general even though there isn't a statue of Grant.

  • Dorian Graye

    What's the point? What take it down now? What are they trying to cover up??
    All this is gonna do is create more hate!!

  • Justina Jostin

    racist , a magic insult who automatically make your opponent guilty and gives you any rights you want

  • Rita G

    This is so weird.  These monuments are a sign of victory.  Its a reminder of what our country accomplished by getting rid of slavery.  These people have it backwards. Plus its history not a threat to anyone.

  • Tony Wright

    this mayor Sons like he's a Yankee for Massachusetts trying to control its not his City why don't he go back up north where he came from, that is if he came from the north or any part of the United States… even Southerners who are liberal want to destroy monuments if you people want to destroy monuments and get rid of the Confederate flag leave the self and stay out of the South's you have no business doing the things you're doing

  • wagzel

    What wrong with taking down statues that honor traitors? Is traitor a fair way to define them?
    Merriam Webster says yes "https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/traitor. 2 : a person who betrays his or her country : a person who commits treason."
    Taking up arms against the country of your birth is treason.

  • merit2591

    When are people from Louisiana going to stop electing people just because they have a French Canadian name

  • MrVaiioo

    Few things are harder than facing your own past, and to actually deal with that past. Finally, America has started to do just that.

  • Joseph Kim

    Now ypu might as well demolish sy9ne mountain for having robert e lee on it. how come we dont tear down the statue of lenin in washington. he killed millions!

  • Darkless4X

    So when is New Orleans going to tear down the LaLaurie Mansion? Delphine LaLaurie was a slave owner & a murderer who abused her own slaves brutally. But nooooooo, you morons are too worried about Confederate Monuments. smh

  • Chumash 16

    This was truely idiotic. Doing this is removing history. Yes,it is a bad history,but we can't just remove and throw it out the window like it never happened. A couple people below are saying 'Butthurt whites below',but this is removing history. We southerners may not have the best history,but it is history nonetheless,meaning it shouldn't be removed or forgotten.

  • AngloHuscarl

    The world watched in horror as ISIS destroyed Iraq, Syria's and the worlds history with hammers and their destructive ideology…… yet the Left applaud the destruction of US history and a vital benchmark in world and human history, the US Civil war.

    Shame on the Left, hold your heads in shame…. who's history will you destroy next that doesn't fit your world order?

  • Cheatin Vegan

    In place of these monuments to the confederate generals who stood up for what they believed we should place new monuments to respect those who stand up to nothing.

  • Heru- deshet

    Since the whiten man stole and almost wiped out Native Americans, everything needs to be torn down, given back to Native Americans, kick everyone else out of the country and dissolve the government. It makes as much sense as what is going on now.

  • MrEnglewood78

    Those white supremacist need to come down, they declared war on the u.s, and since they lost why maintain statues of racist traders?

  • Alexus French

    AS OF NOW I AM LONGER PROUD TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH ANY COUNTRY THAT WOULD ROB THE HISTORYS OF OTHERS AND I.E DESTORY OR MOVE HISTORY.

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