Memorial Day, Mayor Landrieu, and the American Future
Monuments to the cult of the Lost Cause were taken down recently in New Orleans. It's been well over a century and a half since the end of the Civil War, but the wounds inflicted by that period of history remain with us. I must confess that I have no time for the "Lost Cause." The Confederacy was wrong. It was built on immoral foundations. It wasn't "states rights" it was slavery, and the fear that with the election of Abraham Lincoln the "Peculiar Institution" would be set aside. Indeed, it took a bloody war to resolve part of the problem, but the belief in white supremacy has not gone away. People like Jefferson Davis remain symbols of that vision. It is good that New Orleans has finally removed the statues from places of prominence. Martin Marty draws our attention to a powerful speech given by New Orleans' mayor Mitch Landrieu. Since Memorial Day, now behind us, remembered, originally the war dead of the Civil War (specifically Union dead), it is as Marty says, a worthy time to remember and look forward. As Marty suggests it is not enough to read about. One must read the speech, which he provides a link. I read it. You should as well!