Heritage activist David Duke reportedly to defend Andrew Jackson monument in New Orleans...
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Well now. It's really going to start getting difficult now. Duke is more or less forcing Heritage defenders to side with him by attaching himself to their fight. How will they respond? (Note: I did not say Confederate Heritage.) Via David Duke's personal website (I'm not providing a link):
"Dr. David Duke has announced his intention to personally defend the iconic Andrew Jackson statue in New Orleans against “Black Lives Matter” hate in downtown New Orleans on Saturday morning, September 24.
The “Take ‘Em Down Nola” group, which has aligned itself with the Black Lives Matter movement, has publicly threated to “tear down” the statue, located in Jackson Square, New Orleans, this weekend.
“I am going to go down there in person to protect our heritage,” Dr. Duke said.
“Andrew Jackson was one of America’s greatest presidents, and hero of the 1815 Battle of New Orleans,” Dr. Duke said.
“There is no reason for the Black Lives Matter hate group to target this statue, other than as part of their national hate campaign against European-Americans,” Dr. Duke continued.
“Nowhere in this country are there groups of Europeans going around seeking to destroy any vestiges of any other peoples’ heritage. This is a purely one-way street of hate against white people,” he continued.
Dr. Duke will, therefore, he said, be at the Andrew Jackson statue in Jackson Square to personally defend his peoples’ heritage."
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My own feelings on this are in line with those expressed in this excellent opinion piece by Jarvis DeBerry at NOLA.com:
"I can only speculate, but I think it's clear that by labeling the Andrew Jackson statue offensive Take Em Down NOLA is signaling that its members will not be satisfied with the removal of monuments to Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, P.G.T. Beauregard and that group of police murderers that called itself the White League. That's a way of yanking an issue of importance to black people – or at least some black people – away from the white mayor who officially brought it up. Beyond that, by calling out Jackson, Take Em Down NOLA is making a charge of white supremacy against the United States of America and not just the Confederate States of America.
The group's vow to bring down Jackson is sure to push many people – even people who are eager to see the Confederate monuments gone – well past their comfort point. It pushes me past the place where I'm comfortable, but it's in those uncomfortable places that I am prompted to figure out what I think and feel.
I need no convincing that Jackson was an awful human being. But I don't think that sabotage is the way to make one's point in a democracy. Take Em Down NOLA's Malcolm Suber said at a Sept. 15 meeting that the monuments to white supremacy were put up when black people had no say so in the matter. He's right. But by arguing that they were put up when black people didn't have the vote, Suber is unintentionally reminding us that now black people do. Because this is a majority black city, if enough black people were aggrieved by Jackson's statue, they could demand that the mayor and City Council do something about it.
Or if those elected officials thought it was in the best interest of their constituents, they could take the lead.
When the Lee, Davis, Beauregard and Battle of Liberty Place monuments are finally removed, nobody will be able to question the process. A duly elected mayor brought the issue before a duly elected City Council, which voted 6-1 for removal.
Nor will anybody be able to argue that anybody who benefited New Orleans was dishonored. Supporters of Beauregard like to point out that he later supported an integrated government, but his monument depicts him in his Confederate uniform.
If Take Em Down NOLA pulls down Jackson's statue, the democracy argument goes out of the window. So does the argument that the statues were put up to celebrate white supremacy. Don't get me wrong, Jackson was an incredibly violent white supremacist, but because he protected New Orleans, it's more difficult to make the argument that his statue was put up because and only because he was a white supremacist."
Restoring the honor!