Typically, most sane liberals are a bit more nuanced when it comes to debating the removal of historic monuments, the renaming of parks and streets, and other historical whitewashes and revisions.
Otherwise, they quickly find themselves down that slippery slope to renaming Washington D.C. itself based on the fact that George Washington wasn’t a saint.
But one activist with the New Orleans group Take ‘Em Down NOLA is willing to take his logic right up to Capitol Hill. Hey, it’s completely absurd but we’ll at least give him credit for consistency!
Appearing on Thursday’s “The Ingraham Angle,” Malcolm Suber of Take ‘Em Down NOLA discussed his views with Fox News host Laura Ingraham.
“Our name is Take ‘Em Down NOLA, and we want to take them all down,” Suber said. “There are more than 20 statues that are dedicated to white supremacy in the city of New Orleans. We have hundreds of streets and parks named for Confederates and white supremacists, and so we want to wipe the slate clean. And we have challenged the mayor from the very beginning: Don’t do a half-job, let’s do the whole job.”
“Of course, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, all those racists,” Ingraham quipped .
When the Fox News host checked down a list of people, including James Madison, who would be erased from history for their “sins,” Suber said, “No, he’s not OK. If he was a slave owner he’s not OK.”
Jackson Square is an “abomination” that should be removed, he declared.
“So we need to rename Washington, D.C., correct?”Ingraham asked.
“Yes, I would do that,” Suber replied, while noting that the people of that city would need to approve the change.
Thomas Bruno, a board member of the Robert E. Lee Monumental Association, quickly pointed out that Suber acknowledged the people of Washington D.C. would need to approve, then used that fact to wonder aloud why the people of New Orleans didn’t get the same consideration.
“These statues are pieces of art,” Bruno said. “People are free to make their own interpretation of what they mean or don’t mean. When historians look at these pieces of art, they have a variety of different ways of interpreting them.”
“What’s happening in our city is that one group of people is deciding for everyone else how we should think about a piece of art,” Bruno said.
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