Monuments ruled a Nuisance
The New Orleans City council voted 6 to 1 declaring the four confederate monuments a nuisance . The goal of this move by the mayor and others who want the monuments removed is to bring down symbols of white supremacy. Over the years I never really looked at the monuments in that context but I certainly get the point of those who want the monuments removed. Unfortunately I believe that the move has actually divided the city and driven a wedge between black and white culture instead of being a move that heals the wounds of a time long past. The real social issues that the community suffers from are lack of education and opportunity for a large part of our community. As noble as the motives of the anti statue crowd are the symbolic removal of the statues will do very little to change the institutions in this city and the country as a whole to improve the issues that divide along racial lines.