Barring further appeals, the fate of several Confederate-era monuments in New Orleans is now back at City Hall.
That’s the topic of this week’s Commentary by Eyewitness News Political Analyst and Gambit columnist Clancy DuBos.
Celebrating history is not the same as remembering it. That’s really the essence of the debate over four Confederate-era monuments in New Orleans. It now appears the city can and will take down — and ultimately relocate — those monuments.
That presents a new debate: where to put them, and in what context?
The monuments represent a part of history, but only a part. And they only represent history — they are not history themselves. New Orleans now has an opportunity to tell the full history of the long fight for freedom and equality, by memorializing those who fought FOR as well as against those ideals.
That fight didn’t end with the Civil War. In fact, it continues today.