Lawsuit Filed Against Confederate Monuments Removal in New Orleans

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    The city of New Orleans is calling for a very controversial removal of Confederate monuments. The city Council voted on Thursday, December 17, 2015 to remove the monuments. A lawsuit has been filed against the removal by three preservation organizations and a chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

    The main argument that the lawsuit states is that three of the four Confederate monuments are not on land that is owned by the city. The lawsuit further states that the three monuments are protected from removal on both the state and federal levels because the land is privately owned.

    The Confederate past has come into the spotlight recently after a shooting in South Carolina in June 2015. The shooting occurred at an African-American church, and nine victims died in the attacks. The shooting has caused many cities, including New Orleans, to try to erase their past as a Confederate state.

    The monuments that are pending removal include:

    • A 60-foot-tall marble column dedicated to Robert E Lee.
    • A statue of Jefferson Davis, Confederate President.
    • An equestrian statue of PGT Beauregard, a Confederate Gen. that was born in Louisiana.
    • An obelisk that is dedicated to a white supremacist group that tried to topple the reconstruction government of New Orleans.

    The lawsuit states that many of these statues are not on land that is owned by the city, and that these statues should be protected and preserved as part of the city’s rich history.

    The lawsuit also states that “the Civil War era was a formative event in Louisiana’s history.” Regardless of the events of the war, it was a source of heritage for the city of New Orleans, according to the lawsuit.

    New Orleans is attempting to remove the statues under a “nuisance” ordinance. The ordinance allows the removal of public property if it is dangerous or contains unlawful ideologies of supremacy. The city will try to argue that these statues can be used as rallying points during violent demonstrations in the future.

    Following the announcement of the lawsuit, city officials did state that they will not remove any monuments before the case is heard on January 14, 2016.

    These suit’s claims span 51 pages in length, and also include the announcement that the city cannot remove these monuments because the land was donated by the city to various groups between 1877 and 1911.


    • THOMAS X ZHAW III

      SCREW NOLA THEY ARE OUR HERITAGE THEY ARE NONE OF NOLAs CONCERN THEY ARE MEMORIALS TO THE THOUSANDS THAT DIED IN THE CIVIL WAR

    • THOMAS X ZHAW III

      I AM SICK OVER THIS KIND OF BULL SH#T

    • Bill

      So, one more time the “Chocolate City” of “New Orleans” is involved in shenanigans that fail serve the purpose of good, but this time they may get more then they bargained for. The City council decided to remove four (4) Confederate monuments from land that isn’t owned by the city, which brings the concept of “Eminent Domain” to a level hitherto fore unknown in the United States of America. This doesn’t surprise me because of this completely uncalled for racial hate the blacks have for whites. Blacks today act as if it is our fault their ancestors were put into the chains of Slavery; when in fact over 500,000 white soldiers gave their lives to free the black slaves in the South by the direction of President Abraham Lincoln, who was killed himself for granting their freedom. My understanding of this mess boils down to the simplicity of blacks have no other reason to blame their non-productive, ignorant drug and booze dependencies on, to explain their inability to take care of themselves and demand we take care of them! I say to Hell with every one of them, it is high time they learn to either sink or swim baby. If they can’t swim we are sorry but we’ll have to cut them lose, put them on a boat and ship them ½ way back to the dark continent of Africa. Let’s see how long they’ll last back in their “Fatherland”! Ha.

      • admin

        I obviously disagree with nearly everything that you say. The monuments belongs to the city. “Blacks” do not belong to Africa anymore than Caucasians belong to Europe.

        Hopefully you do not believe the racist rhetoric you are writing and it is not deserving of a response.

        • Dave Alan

          Admin,

          Your completely WRONG! Those monuments belong to the PEOPLE of the US of America. Anyone who disagrees should get the hell out of this country. These monuments represent the history of our country!! People need to learn from history, not try to hide it. Only ISIS type organizations try to remove history and monuments from cultures. The word racist and all that hate crap is being WAY overplayed…..and the stupid whites are going right along with it…..your destroying your own heritage.

          • admin

            Don’t believe we ever suggested that the monuments didnt belong to the public.

        • Highsider

          I agree regarding the racist rhetoric, but must respectfully disagree with your characterization of the “ownership” of the monuments. The Monuments stopped being owned by the city at the moment the land they rested on was given into private ownership, unless there was an addition to the new deed at that time spelling out that the city retained ownership of them. I’m not seeing any reference to such a thing.

          • admin

            Land and property are legally distinct. You can own an apartment but not own the building. You can own a building and not own the land. This happens in resorts and can cause you problems down the road.

            Additionally, museums and religious institutions frequently do not own their valuables. Some donate but retain ownership.

      • Mary Thoeni

        There were slaves on both sides of the Mason Dixon line.
        There is bigotry among all ethnic and racial groups.

      • RobDJ

        YES a thousand times!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • l2a3

      Since Congress pass a law making ALL Confederate soldiers are to be Federal soldiers, doesn’t this attempt to remove these statues make these progressives attempting trying to REMOVE FEDERAL STATUES? Sounds like Anti-American forces at work here.

    • howard walker

      New Orleans is one of a few unique cities in the USA because of its great historical heritage . The monuments add a special reminder of the civil war and history during a painful time in our nation. It is repugnant to remove these works of art and important monuments as they are part of what makes New Orleans such an interesting place to visit. I would urge the city council to think again , are they akin to the ISIS terrorists who demolish historical landmarks trying to remake history to their liking? I am a Philadelphia Yankee and I have great respect for the brave confederate soldiers who lost their lives and are honored by flags and monuments. This is 2016 and none of us were slaves , or owned slaves .Let us not tear down any New Orleans history , or anything that adds to the character of N.O. it would be SO WRONG!

    • Leave the statues as they are

    • This is part of America’s History. It was a bad time for our Country, but it is our History!! If Americans always agreed with each other there would be no need for two political Parties. The Southern’s fought for what they believed in and so did the Yankee’s….We now have had a half Black Communist as our President and we are so proud aren’t we Yankee’s! Lonnie

    • This is RIDICULOUS AND HAS TO STOP!This is our COUNTRY our HERITAGE and our HISTORY! People start throwing these councilmen out of office IMMEDIATELY!

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