Confederate General Robert E. Lee Statue Coming Down

I wish I was in Dixie, Hooray! Hooray!

In Dixie Land I’ll Take My Stand

To Live and Die in Dixie.

It turns out, for Confederate General Robert E. Lee, his “stand” ended this week in New Orleans.

City officials, headed by New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, decided four Confederate monuments needed to be removed from public property. Lee’s was the last of the four to fall.

Barricades were established to keep spectators safe and protestors away from the site. The removal process began at 9 a.m. this morning.

Why must General Robert E. Lee be removed after 133 years?

City officials said, “the statues were ‘erected decades after the Civil War to celebrate the ‘Cult of the Lost Cause,’ a movement recognized across the South as celebrating and promoting white supremacy,” according to Fox News.

CNN reports:

The effort to remove New Orleans’ monuments is part of a nationwide debate over Confederate symbols, which some argue represent slavery and injustice […]

The issue gained momentum after the 2015 massacre of nine black parishioners in Charleston, South Carolina, by a self-described white supremacist who prosecutors said posed for photos with the Confederate battle flag.

Mayor Landrieu, the city’s first white mayor since the 1970s, told reporters that no municipal funds were used to remove the statues. All of the $600,000 necessary to remove the statues came from private donors.

Charlottesville, Virginia is soon removing Lee as well.

But not everyone is behind the removal of these statutes.

What some consider signs of oppression, others see history and heritage. Indeed, members of the Louisiana Legislature are “considering a measure that would hinder local governments from removing war memorials, including those from the Civil War. The bill would only allow local governments to take down a memorial only if voters approve the action at ‘an election held for that purpose.'”