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>>>THIS WAS THE GREAT CITY OF
NEW ORLEANS VERY EARLY THIS MORNING AS THE FIRST OF FOUR
CONFEDERATE MEMORIALS WAS BEING REMOVED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE
NIGHT. EVEN SO, FOLKS SHOWED UP,
INCLUDING SOME WHO HELD A CANDLELIGHT VIGIL FOR THE
MEMORIAL THAT WAS BEING TAKEN DOWN.
A MEMORIAL TO A WHITE SUPREMACIST UPRISING IN THE
1870s THAT TOOK DOZENS OF LIVES. JOINING US NOW IS MITCH
LANDRIEU. HE IS THE MAYOR OF NEW ORLEANS.
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING WITH US TONIGHT.
I REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR TIME. >>THANK YOU, RACHEL.
I APPRECIATE YOU HAVING ME. >>LET ME ASK YOU HOW YOU
PERCEIVE THE RANGE OF REACTIONS. WHAT’S THE REACTION?
>>I THINK MOST PEOPLE IN NEW ORLEANS ARE PRETTY HAPPY ABOUT
IT. AFTER KATRINA WHEN WE REALLY GOT
DESTROYED, 500,000 HOMES HURT, 250,000 DESTROYED, WE HAD TO
REBUILD THE CITY. WE’RE THANKFUL TO THE REST OF
THE NATION FOR GASPING AT THE POSSIBILITY OF LOSING WHAT A LOT
OF PEOPLE THINK IS A CITY THAT IS THE SOUL OF AMERICA.
AS WE BEGAN TO REBUILD OUR CITY AND STARTED TO THINK ABOUT WHO
WE WERE AND WHAT WE WERE, THESE MONUMENTS POPPED RIGHT UP.
WHY DO WE HAVE MONUMENTS THAT ARE REVERING THE CONFEDERACY
RIGHT IN THE HEART OF THE MOST PROMINENT CIRCLES IN THE CITY IN
PLACES OF REVERENCE? AND WE HAD TWO YEARS OF
DISCUSSION OVER. THIS THIS WASN’T A SECRET.
IT DIDN’T HAPPEN OVERNIGHT. WE HAD HEARINGS OF HISTORIC
LANDMARK COMMISSION, CITY COUNCILS, ET CETERA, ET CETERA.
AND WE’VE WITHIN THROUGH EVERY COURT YOU CAN GO THROUGH.
THE REASON WHY WE DID THIS THING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MIGHT IS
THE THREATS THAT THE CONTRACTORS RECEIVED.
THE FIRST CONTRACTOR WE HAD HAD HIS CAR BLOWN UP.
FOR THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF THE PEOPLE, WE DECIDED TO TAKE
THE MONUMENTS DOWN AT NIGHT. WE HAVE THREE OTHERS THAT WE’RE
GOING TO TAKE DOWN. WE’RE NOT GOING TO TELL PEOPLE
WHEN WE’RE GOING TO DO IT, BUT IT WILL BE IN THE FUTURE.
>>WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE ORIGIN OF THE THREATS?
>>WELL, IT’S REALLY HARD TO TELL, BECAUSE AS YOU KNOW ON
SOCIAL MEDIA AND OTHER THINGS, IT’S REALLY HARD TO KIND OF
CAPTURE IT. BUT THEY’RE THERE.
ANYBODY CAN GO ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND LOOK AT THE KIND OF VITRIOL
THAT IS COMING FROM FOLKS THAT WANT TO PRESERVE.
THIS BUT ESSENTIALLY WHAT THIS IS, IT’S CALLED THE CULT OF THE
LOST CAUSE THAT WANTED TO PROMOTE WHITE SUPREMACY AT A
BRIEF TIME IN OUR HISTORY WHEN THE CONFEDERACY TRIED TO TEAR
OUR NATION APART. THESE STATUES WERE PUT UP OVER A
BRIEF PERIOD OF NEW ORLEANS’ HISTORY.
WE CAN RECLAIM OUR PAST, WE WANT TO TELL THE WHOLE HISTORY OF OUR
CITY, NOT JUST A VERY SMALL PART OF IT.
AND WE WANT TO CELEBRATE THE THING THAT MAKES NEW ORLEANS
REALLY WONDERFUL AND BEAUTIFUL THAT EVERYBODY EXPERIENCES WHEN
YOU GET THERE, WHICH IS OUR DIVERSITY.
THAT’S THE GIFT THAT NEW ORLEANS HAS GIVEN TO THE REST OF THE
COUNTRY. AND THESE STATUTES ARE AN
ABERRATION IN TERMS OF WHAT NEW ORLEANS HAS BEEN AND WHAT NEW
ORLEANS WANTS TO BE. >>BRIEFLY, MR. MAYOR, YOU SAID
THERE ARE THREE MORE THAT YOU DO EXPECT TO COME DOWN.
YOU WANT TO GIVE US A SENSE OF THE TIME FRAME IN WHICH THIS IS
GOING TO HAPPEN? OR SHOULD WE EXPECT THIS TO
HAPPEN SOON? >>YOU SHOULD EXPECT TO HAVE IT
HAPPEN SOON. WELL GOT CLEARANCE FROM THE
COURT THE OTHER DAY AND WE BEGAN FORTH WIDTH LAST NIGHT.
ROBERT E. LEE WHO NEVER STEPPED IN THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS.
IT MAKES ABSOLUTELY NO SENSE BECAUSE EVERYBODY NOW REMEMBERS
THE POINT OF THE CONFEDERACY WAS TO TEAR THE NATION APART, NOT TO
SUPPORT IT. I THINK THOSE ARE GOING TO COME
DOWN. AND WE’RE GOING TO PUT THINGS
THERE THAT REFLECT THE HISTORY, THE DIVERSITY, THE BEAUTY, THE
CULTURE AND ALL OF THE HISTORY OF NEW ORLEANS AS TIME ALOBBY,
MITCH LANDRIEU, MAYOR OF NEW ORLEANS, THANK YOU.
APPRECIATE YOU BEING HERE. >>THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.
>>>WE HAVE SOME BREAKING NEWS TO GET TO TONIGHT THAT IS JUST

100 Comments

  • Nathan Grant

    can someone remove rachel maddow in the dead of night? her condescending, patronising tone is deeply offensive and clearly endorses slavery or something.

  • Milford Civic

    Thankfully the old south is changing. All the generations of racist people are meeting their demise, but Republicans are doing their damnedest to try and keep this stuff going. RACISM IS A LEARNED BEHAVIOR….remember that.

  • Linda Wright

    Times have changed. Monuments to the Confederate dead, whose bodies were never returned home for burial, were placed in prominent locations in many Southern towns and cities after the Civil War as a way for family members to mourn and honor their dead. It did not matter to those family members that their Confederate dead had died trying to preserve a heinous system of enslavement of fellow human beings. It is time to let go of civic monuments to Confederate dead. Those living descendants who want a memorial to a Confederate ancestor can pay to have one placed in a cemetery or on their own property instead. Perhaps it would be better to create civic monuments in public spaces to commemorate the end of slavery, especially in Southern cities and towns where so many of the descendants of those enslaved people reside. It is the American way to celebrate freedom and equality — so why not monuments commemorating the end of slavery? Perhaps this would help to heal old wounds.

  • stealthballer

    so the lady protested the destruction of a monument to racism by spelling it "amerika"
    Oh the irony is thick with that one.
    That all these idiots don't know what marxism is, well that proves how awful our schools are.

  • Person McPerson

    Great job! We shouldn't have these symbols of division around in 2017. Structural oppression must be removed, plant trees and unity gardens instead. Glad that New Orleans doing this!

  • tori2dles

    The first contractor had his car blown up? This should have made national news, even though no one died. That is still an act of terrorism.

  • Gina Kay

    THANK YOU FOR READING ABOUT SLAVERY AND USING STOLEN HUMANS FROM AFRICAN MOTHERS. THIS WILL NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN IN AMERICA.

  • Jennifur68

    The Civil War "took dozens of lives"…you heard it here from MSNBC, the history books were wrong about four years of bloody, hard fought war. Yes the Union won but as part of the healing process monuments were raised both the north and south to remember those lives lost. The Civil War decimated a generation of American youth from both sides, an estimated 620,000 men lost their lives, that is over one half million men not the "dozens" reported by MSNBC. If you forget your history and can't learn from it you end up ignorant of it and repeating it like they're trying to do in Berkley these days. A second American Civil War that some people seem to want would not be a simple transfer of power from the democratically elected president to whatever Marxist "leader" the anarchist envision. When they call for war they call for the destruction of not only the government but the destruction of infrastructure, roads, schools, homes, the disruption of the food supply and clean water, civilian deaths and corpses in the streets. Long gone are the quaint days of armies meeting on the field of battle and slugging it out, nowdays wars are fought in the towns and cities and civilians die. Lets not see America divided again…learn from our history, don't repeat the same mistakes because you don't know the cost.

  • Donald Miller

    If Maddow was a real journalist, she would be holding a candlelight vigil over the rewriting of history. What I take from her "report" is that one was possibly objectionable, yet she made it out to be all four of them were. Yeah, let's pretend we did not have a Civil War. That's the state of "journalism" these days.

  • Garrison Hunter

    They're finally tearing down those statues glorifying the most notorious American made terrorist organization in history. Over a century late, but I'll take it.

  • timber_beast

    Important to be clear – these monuments were created by southern white supremacists to symbolize 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.

  • Zoon van de Zon

    There are better ways to deal with your past than the "damnatio memoriae." Simply add a plate contextualizing the statues and explaining that the city does not condone of the statues' message. I've seen this happen very often in Congo memorials in Belgium or memorials in Germany created during the nazi period.

  • BlokeToys

    I think it's fascinating. The same right-wing nut jobs ranting about the removal of disgusting symbols of hate conveniently ignore that these are memorials to cop killers and murderers. Once again the right claims to be all about "morality" while showing once again they're extremely selective about what morals they hold and when they abandon them.

  • KingDT2007

    Yes we'll rally round the flag, boys, we'll rally once again,[5]
    Shouting the battle cry of freedom,
    We will rally from the hillside, we'll gather from the plain,
    Shouting the battle cry of freedom!

    The Union forever! Hurrah, boys, hurrah!
    Down with the traitors, up with the stars;
    While we rally round the flag, boys, we rally once again,
    Shouting the battle cry of freedom!
    We are springing to the call for three hundred thousand more,[a]
    Shouting the battle cry of freedom!
    And we'll fill the vacant ranks of our brothers gone before,[b]
    Shouting the battle cry of freedom!

    We will welcome to our numbers the loyal, true and brave,
    Shouting the battle cry of freedom!
    And although he may be poor, he shall never be a slave,[c]
    Shouting the battle cry of freedom!

    So we're springing to the call from the East and from the West,
    Shouting the battle cry of Freedom;
    And we'll hurl the rebel crew from the land we love the best,
    Shouting the battle cry of Freedom.

  • Captain Obvious

    MIDNIGHT MITCH saving the day and this country from the horrible confederate monuments and ensuring world peace.

  • TX Beachbum

    Taking down monuments will not change history… I guess by their logic any and all history classes taught in school should be removed…. If some group says every road named MLK is offensive to them or oak trees offend them or PUBLIC DRINKING or the word BOURBON offends them…. Will all of that be removed too?

  • Pamela

    The mayor reported that the monuments will be moved to a more appropriate place, like a museum, at a later time. That's fair. It's time N.O. put its 2017 face on and reflected the majority of its people and their cultural diversity. It's never to late to remove symbols of hatred and bigotry and replace them with models of acceptance, cooperation, and tolerance.

  • Countryman

    No one paid any attention to the monuments till the little white punk killed all those people and showed a little rebel flag.This snow-balled into an all out agenda libs used to cause more hatred between races.Hope you libs are happy causing more hatred.Sad times.

  • Morty Sanchez

    All y'all reactionary right wing nuts need to chill.

    I lived in Louisiana for 2.5 years.

    This isnt like tearing down Auschwitz and this isnt erasing the Confederacy.

    This is removing specific monuments to specific racist events and people.

    There are plenty of confederate monuments that stand.

    I can currently see the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors monument here in Shockhoe in Richmond Virginia (just moved here from Seoul); and the Confederate Soldiers monument will still stand near where I used to live in Lake Charles Lousiana.

    But there are monuments to KKK leaders, litteral white supremacy, and massacres (as in, celebrating the killing not commemorating the victims) throughout the South (see Colfax Massacre monument in Louisiana).

  • Farrdawg Joker

    Nazi 101 remove all monuments that disagree with your outlook! This is your states history, like it or not it happened. The horrors of the civil war were fought in the places were those monuments stand and the people from Louisiana who fought and died for Louisiana need to be remembered so that we don't slip into the mistakes of the past.

  • great pachyderm

    mitchy need to concentrate on the murder rate in his city. that's what his legacy will be. per capita it is twice that of chicago. you never here him address that issue. i p[personally could care less what they do with those or any other statues.

  • Hudsonated

    I was a very socially liberal person, but very fiscally conservative.  I had no idea my country hated me so deeply: that all I am – is excusably hated, demeaned, and dehumanized by the left  I'm white, southern, and profess a Christian belief.  I hated nor discriminated against anyone, simply because I didn't feel likewise hated or discriminated.  That is no longer the case.  The past two years have torn rifts in society that will never heal.  Those monuments were created as a means to heal our Nation from the previous rift and promote the best of ourselves going forward, not the worst.  The means and vitriol the left has employed in dismantling these monuments has been of the worst kind, and continues to worsen. These monuments were erected in reconciliation. They are being destroyed in hatred by the left which is dividing us anew.  The 'progressives' and their ignorant minions are liars and hypocrites laid bare for all to see.  Enjoy your current victories, they will be fleeting.

  • William Nabors

    If they remove the monuments in the battlefields then i think the government should give my family & kinfolks back our land that they took from my ancestors to memorialize the battle of chickamauga that was a confederate victory. The battle started in my families back yard. Abraham lincolns brother in law died in my greatgreat grandmothers aunt & uncles home, his name confederate brigadier general Benjamin hardin Helms. After his death Abraham lincoln invited his wife to live with him & her sister mary Todd Lincoln at the white house, property that actually was in the custis & lee estate as was arlington cemetery. I dont think Abraham would have wanted his sister in law to live with him on the custis/lee estate if her & her husband were wgite supremacists would he?

  • Freddy Frug

    Some of the people who don't want the Confederate monuments to come down talk about how the mayor should worry more about the murder rate even though they themselves could care less about the murder rate. As far as those who've been making threats….they only do so from safe places.

  • Morpheus

    For the life of me, I don't understand why so many people in this country fail to realize that the confederate flag and any other confederate heirloom are symbols of sedition and treason. We should treat symbols of the confederacy on this country the way Germany treats symbols of Nazi Germany.

  • Rowan Phillips

    next up, statues of slave owning notable figures in American history like washington, jefferson, and madison… then the American flag itself. We already have narcissists kneeling during the national anthem because "oppression". Cultural marxism at it's finest.

    It's like people don't even realize why we study history. The same authoritarians supporting this think that there are nazis and oppression under every rock… and will guarantee 8 years of Trump.

  • Darius Kubilius

    How is this any different from ISIS destroying aincient historic monuments? Just because they do not represent your current politics / beliefs is not a valid reason to destroy history!

  • Mac Plumber

    Can you imagine them pulling down monuments in Europe, because it is at odds with modern sensibilities? Whats next…. Stone Mountain? Just disgraceful! 🤔

  • Troy Evitt

    This is NOT "Confederate" monument. it was erected to commemorate a post-war uprising on September 14, 1874, nine years after the 1865 ssurrender of Robert E Lee to US Grant.

  • Troy Evitt

    I'm a liberal against desecrating Confederate GRAVES….that's cowardly. Let the dead rest, but that's basic civil decency…the NOTION of the Glorious Struggle against the War of Northern Aggression is the sort of JC Penny 2-for-1 Appliance Sale tactic that keeps these GOP goons in King James Bibles and gun Permits. States' Rights=Owning Human Beings, enough,, already.

  • Fortress

    When are they taking down that racist traitor George Washington's statue down. White supremacists still visit his plantation and worse yet, they built a monument to him in the Washington D.C. This glorifying of slave holders is getting out of hand. Even Thomas Jefferson, that bigot slave-holder has a monument. I mean come on, there are even slave holders on the currency for crying out loud. The $1 and the $20 both show evil slave holders, one of which sat idle as the Cherokee were driven out from their land. Can't wait for America finally realize how racist our leaders were and stop glorifying them.

  • backrubs62

    the mayor is lying. he took the initiative to make the monuments come down and he said that the charleston shooting was the reason. the people of new orleans are not in support of the monuments coming down. a recent poll said 80 percent want them to remain.
    two years of discussion based on committees formed by the mayor so that he would get the results he wanted.
    the first contractors car DID NOT BLOW UP. it was set fire, but no one knows by who.
    he claims robert e lee never was in new orleans, but this has been proven wrong, as he stayed there for a time after the mexican america war.
    the jeff Davis monument is there because he died there
    and the last, PT Beauregard, is of a native son. who did so much before and after the war for the city.

  • Pamela Derouen

    No they are not happy about it! Yea.. people are so happy about it.. That's why you're taking them down @ night time and will not tell the people about it!

  • EndJewishSupremacism

    I am so sure that Ms Maddow will now call for Egypt to tear down its monuments to slave owning pharaohs. And go ahead and tear down the US flag too as it flew over far more slavery and genocide than did the battle flag.

  • zach wingo

    shouldn't New Orleans be focusing more on stopping crime instead of spending money to remove monuments that don't change anything for their community?

  • Nathan Jones

    "White supremacist uprising"? MSNBC really has gone off the PC deep end. They aren't taking down statues of reprehensible individuals like Sherman and Sheridan, who made war on civilians. This issue is much more complex than saying the Confederates were nazis.

  • Popeye Strong like Bull

    Mitch wad paid by Al Sharpton to take them down, his political career was over so he cut a deal.

    pathetic

  • Ed Denoy

    New Orleans is now set to lead the World Olympics in the meaningless petty squabbling mixed event. Our only serious opposition is Kazakhstan and Modova. I thought this was to be an armed event as most everything in NOLA is already.

  • RottenEggSack

    Bull! Mitch is just grandstanding because of his embarrassment of his own political party. Most people do not want these monuments removed. Put it to a vote, not in the hands of this tyrant. Murders, crime is all time high, streets and sidewalks are 3rd world, all during this bozo of a mayor's 2 terms.

  • Alarider USA

    Why Southerners went to war: So why did Southerners volunteer in massive numbers to defend their homeland from an invading army? Let’s ask confederate soldier Julius Howell… “It comes to mind what we southern boys fought for…The south did not fight for the preservation or the extension of slavery, or to stop its abolition. General Lee as it is well known was making preparations to free the Negroes. I think it was a big curse on this country that we had slavery.” . “Most southerners found slavery to be so.”
    The Righteous Union Army and Federal government: in 1865, with the south having been beaten down and the northeastern states firmly in control of the federal government; the Union army began a series of brutal campaigns against the American Indians only a few months after Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox, Virginia. The same Union Federal forces and Northern militias that fought against the south and cheated and abused the Indians during the civil war, lead an all-out war against the Indians beginning with the genocide against the Sioux in 1865. These evil attacks by the union army were vicious and remain a stain on our history. Yet some want to pretend the Federal Union attacked the south on some high moral ground.

  • Pamela Derouen

    http://www.history.com/topics/american-civil-war/black-civil-war-soldiers

    Sixteen black soldiers won the Congressional Medal of Honor for their brave service in the Civil War.
    The Second Confiscation and Militia Act (1862)
    However, after two grueling years of war, President Lincoln began to reconsider his position on black soldiers. The war did not appear to be anywhere near an end, and the Union Army badly needed soldiers. White volunteers were dwindling in number, and African-Americans were more eager to fight than ever.
    The Second Confiscation and Militia Act of July 17, 1862, was the first step toward the enlistment of African Americans in the Union Army. It did not explicitly invite blacks to join the fight, but it did authorize the president “to employ as many persons of African descent as he may deem necessary and proper for the suppression of this rebellion…in such manner as he may judge best for the public welfare.”
    Some blacks took this as their cue to begin forming infantry units of their own.
    African Americans from New Orleans formed three National Guard units: the First, Second and Third Louisiana Native Guard. (These became the 73rd, 74th and 75th United States Colored Infantry.) The First Kansas Colored Infantry (later the 79th United States Colored Infantry) fought in the October 1862 skirmish at Island Mound, Missouri. And the First South Carolina Infantry, African Descent (later the 33rd United States Colored Infantry) went on its first expedition in November 1862. These unofficial regiments were officially mustered into service in January 1863.
    Confederate Threats
    In general, the Union army was reluctant to use African-American troops in combat. This was partly due to racism: There were many Union officers who believed that black soldiers were not as skilled or as brave as white soldiers were. By this logic, they thought that African Americans were better suited for jobs as carpenters, cooks, guards, scouts and teamsters.

  • Grandus11

    If we are going to remove white ethnic monuments then is it not appropriate to remove all ethnic monuments of all ethnic groups.
    New Orleans: Most of Melpomene Avenue was renamed Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Several murals of King are painted along the boulevard. The boulevard is also near a King statue and memorial on Claiborne Avenue, and the boulevard is part of the route of New Orleans' annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade. The street is located in Central City, which is historically the city's largest African American commercial district and a major hub for the uptown African American community. The renamed section starts at its intersection with St. Charles Avenue where many Mardi Gras parades pass and ends at a 3-way intersection with Earhart Boulevard and S. Jeff Davis Parkway. Melpomene Avenue between the Mississippi River and St. Charles Ave. retains its historical name. Since black people want to remove white heritage then it is only fair for the mentioned MLK Streets to be renamed something non ethnic and all MLK monuments to be removed as well as any other monument or street named after a person of any ethnicity.

  • Pamela Derouen

    In 1891, the city erected the Liberty Monument to commemorate and praise the insurrection from the Democratic Party point of view, which at the time was in firm political control of the city and state and was in the process of disenfranchising most blacks. The white marble obelisk was placed at a prominent location on Canal Street.
    ( In 1932, the city added an inscription that expressed a white supremacist view.)

    In 1974, the rethinking of race relations after the Civil Rights Movement caused the city to add a marker near the monument explaining that the inscription did not express the current philosophy. After major construction work on Canal Street in 1989 required that the monument be temporarily removed, it was relocated to a less prominent location and the inscription was altered to say "in honor of those Americans on both sides of the conflict." In July 2015, New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu proposed removing the monument altogether[7] and in December 2015 the New Orleans City Council voted to remove the monument, along with three others deemed a "nuisance" (statues of Gen. Robert E. Lee, Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard and the Confederate States President Jefferson Davis). The monument was removed on April 24, 2017, by workers with a police escort owing to threats made by supporters of the monument

  • Admiral Murat

    Robert E. Lee letter dated December 27, 1856:

    I was much pleased the with President's message. His views of the systematic and progressive efforts of certain people at the North to interfere with and change the domestic institutions of the South are truthfully and faithfully expressed. The consequences of their plans and purposes are also clearly set forth. These people must be aware that their object is both unlawful and foreign to them and to their duty, and that this institution, for which they are irresponsible and non-accountable, can only be changed by them through the agency of a civil and servile war. There are few, I believe, in this enlightened age, who will not acknowledge that slavery as an institution is a moral and political evil. It is idle to expatiate on its disadvantages. I think it is a greater evil to the white than to the colored race. While my feelings are strongly enlisted in behalf of the latter, my sympathies are more deeply engaged for the former. The blacks are immeasurably better off here than in Africa, morally, physically, and socially. The painful discipline they are undergoing is necessary for their further instruction as a race, and will prepare them, I hope, for better things. How long their servitude may be necessary is known and ordered by a merciful Providence. Their emancipation will sooner result from the mild and melting influences of Christianity than from the storm and tempest of fiery controversy. This influence, though slow, is sure. The doctrines and miracles of our Saviour have required nearly two thousand years to convert but a small portion of the human race, and even among Christian nations what gross errors still exist! While we see the course of the final abolition of human slavery is still onward, and give it the aid of our prayers, let us leave the progress as well as the results in the hands of Him who, chooses to work by slow influences, and with whom a thousand years are but as a single day. Although the abolitionist must know this, must know that he has neither the right not the power of operating, except by moral means; that to benefit the slave he must not excite angry feelings in the master; that, although he may not approve the mode by which Providence accomplishes its purpose, the results will be the same; and that the reason he gives for interference in matters he has no concern with, holds good for every kind of interference with our neighbor, -still, I fear he will persevere in his evil course. . . . Is it not strange that the descendants of those Pilgrim Fathers who crossed the Atlantic to preserve their own freedom have always proved the most intolerant of the spiritual liberty of others?

  • Rob Burgess

    How did this take so long? The Confederacy belongs in the history books, not proudly on display in monument form. Check out those arseholes protesting it! It'd be like Germans protesting the removal of a big Hitler statue. Morons.

  • niels jensen

    are this guy sane george Washington was a slave owner most of the forading fathers was slaveowners a FACT remember that this is going t too far

  • linka1o1

    No most people in New Orleans aren't happy about it. What could removing the statues do?! We all know what happened in the south In the 1800s. Why remove them when they have been there for years and years. It is a part of our HISTORY. you can't erase history. These statues represent New Orleans' history and past even though it wasn't necessarily a good one.

  • CobinRain

    The "civil war" was Washington trying out "regime change"strategies of the sort still in use. The monstrous, now forbidden, truth about this war was that the federal government absolutely denied the right of any state to leave the union and sought to compel them to remain in the union against their wishes by force of arms. The other dark secret never told is that the desire of southern states, esp S Carolina, to leave the union was remarkably similar to the reasons used by Massachusetts etc to leave the British Empire: money and the imposition of tariffs. In 1775 it was tariffs on tea; in 1860 tariffs on cotton. The liberation of the slaves was not, as in not, the purpose of the war. Go read. All open source primary source materials tell the tale. The confederates fought under the banner of "states' rights". A "Confederacy" IS a form of gov in which powers flow from the parts to the center…the parts are in charge. This is NOT what you have now, is it? Washington rules over Americans; this is NOT what they had in mind in 1776!

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