Wonkette has an article with some good snark about the neo-Confederates and their idols removed in New Orleans, and praise for Mayor Mitch Landrieu's speech.
I posted the below comment at Wonkette. It has not appeared, tagged "Detected as spam". I'm not sure why. Maybe because it's a bit long.
Yeah, good speech by Mayor Mitch, though some of the locals who have been working for years, for decades, to make this happen are a bit annoyed with how it looks like Landrieu is trying to take all the credit.
Just a bit annoyed. As opposed to the neo-Confederates, who are jumping up and down like Yosemite Sam about to burst a blood vessel, swearing at that Satanic Commie Mitch, without whose treacherous troublemaking, everyone would have continued kowtowing to the Confederate slaver traitors idols forever.
Most of the shouty Confederate Treason Flag waivers were from out-ot-town, but there are a fair number of locals (especially of certain ages and complexions) who express shock (SHOCKED, I TELL YOU!) at hearing the notion, which apparently never crossed their minds to consider, that other folks in town have long considered "the monuments" objectionable. (MY STARS! I must fan myself!) It's pretty remarkable what some people can resist noticing -- even when it's been in front of their faces.
The so-called "Battle of Liberty Place Monument" put up in 1891 by the city's White League (yeah, they didn't try to disguise what they were about back then) said 'WHITE SUPREMACY" right on it in stone letters, so it was kinda hard to pretend it was about anything else. It was long recognized as the low-hanging turd of "the monuments". When Mitch's dad Moon Landrieu was mayor in the 1970s, it was moved during construction and Moon warehoused it hoping people would forget about it, but a group of families from the old White League made him put it back, because history, though he got them to add a rather timid plaque adding the footnote that not everyone in New Orleans agrees with that stuff any more. The next Mayor, Dutch Morial, unsuccessfully tried to get it taken down in 1981, but did get the to add a somewhat less timid footnote inscription. In 1989 under Mayor Sidney Barthelemy some more construction was another good excuse to move the thing to a warehouse again (hopefully to be lost forever due to some paperwork error) but a fight led by DAVID F'ing DUKE made them put it back up, though in a less conspicuous location and with some of the worst of the original inscriptions replaced with blander stuff. The 1993 re-dedication ceremony led by David Duke with lots of treason flags was on all the local tv news, and a big color photo of African-American state Representative Avery Alexander being pulled away in a choke hold by NOPD while Confederate flags waived in the background was on the front page above the fold of the Times-Picayune. Just some of what some people claim to have never noticed.