- Sep 8, 2012
I think it's a testament to a time in history people should not forget, and instead of seeing it as a negative thing, it should be used to teach the children, white and black, about the horrors of bigotry, and what racial tensions can lead to. Like all tragic parts of history, we can learn from it or repeat it. Let it stay as a monument to the dead, that people can remember why.
Well yes, what could be better to teach children than a monument where there's no thinly veiled racism--it just says it right there on the plaque?
And what better than a monument so steeped in a history of hate and a center for the gathering of white supremacists and anti-semites to let people remember....hate.
Personally, I think the thing should be ground into gravel, which they always have a use for in New Orleans.
I do think that we have to look individually at monuments, what their history is, what they were directed at, how people have tried, as with this one, to change the tone of the monument. And it seems that some, like this one, probably should at least go back in a warehouse. A monument to killing police just doesn't seem acceptable in the 21st Century.