Mayor Mitch Landrieu's address on the NOLA confederate memorials

This is amazing:


Thanks, that was an excellent read.

[quote]These statues are not just stone and metal. They are not just innocent remembrances of a benign history. These monuments purposefully celebrate a fictional, sanitized Confederacy; ignoring the death, ignoring the enslavement, and the terror that it actually stood for.

After the Civil War, these statues were a part of that terrorism as much as a burning cross on someone’s lawn; they were erected purposefully to send a strong message to all who walked in their shadows about who was still in charge in this city.[/quote]


We can now look forward to Ben Jones writing one of his strident and asinine aw-shucks-it’s-heritage-not-hate diatribes defending the indefensible.


Sadly, not surprising.

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My martial arts people can be surprisingly progressive in some areas, and reactionary in others. One of them was complaining about the situation regarding these memorials to my kid and I this week and stressed that - just like it was then - the Democrats are the party of slavery and oppression, only the Republicans fight tirelessly for the rights of minorities! And then segued right into a diatribe about how our economic problems are caused by black people’s failure to assimilate…

They pretty much choked later when I pointed out to them that the US military is (a lame kind of) socialism.


An argument that obviously falls apart immediately when Republicans rush to defend the flag that their own President fought against.

The Republicans can lay claim to arguably the greatest President to ever hold the office and instead they choose to align themselves with the people who fought to uphold slavery. Crazy.


They said that Lee was approached to be a Union general first. But he was such a good guy that he had to defend his own kin. I was having flashbacks to The Room - “You’re such a good guy, Johnny General Lee…”

Yeah, they doubled down on the dissonance there, said that basically everybody was trying to free the slaves except the libruls. But of course nobody can help because black people are simply afraid of success… I couldn’t make this shit up!

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