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New Orleans Mayor Landrieu challenges the past

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    Transcript of New Orleans Mayor Landrieu’s address on Confederate monuments

    Mayor Landrieu's speech is worth your time to read and reflect. I will copy his opening paragraphs:

    "The soul of our beloved City is deeply rooted in a history that has evolved over thousands of years; rooted in a diverse people who have been here together every step of the way – for both good and for ill.

    ""It is a history that holds in its heart the stories of Native Americans: the Choctaw, Houma Nation, the Chitimacha. Of Hernando de Soto, Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, the Acadians, the Islenos, the enslaved people from Senegambia, Free People of Color, the Haitians, the Germans, both the empires of Francexii and Spain. The Italians, the Irish, the Cubans, the south and central Americans, the Vietnamese and so many more.

    "You see: New Orleans is truly a city of many nations, a melting pot, a bubbling cauldron of many cultures.

    "There is no other place quite like it in the world that so eloquently exemplifies the uniquely American motto: e pluribus unum — out of many we are one.

    "But there are also other truths about our city that we must confront. New Orleans was America’s largest slave market: a port where hundreds of thousands of souls were brought, sold and shipped up the Mississippi River to lives of forced labor of misery of rape, of torture.

    "America was the place where nearly 4,000 of our fellow citizens were lynched, 540 alone in Louisiana; where the courts enshrined ‘separate but equal’; where Freedom riders coming to New Orleans were beaten to a bloody pulp."

    ----------------------------- can read the rest. You must read it!

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    We can focus on what divides us, or we can focus on what unites us. Mayor Landrieu is following the will of the people of New Orleans in removing the statues of our confederate past. It is the right thing to do.

    Mayor Landrieu's inspiring words should be an inspiration for all of us to move on...