Louisiana Lawmakers Receive Mass Of Outraged Emails In Support Of Confederate Monuments
Despite the email campaign, the monuments will be taken down.
The debate over monuments to the Confederate States of America rages on.
Now, The Philadelphia Tribune reports, four Confederate-era monuments paying homage to Confederate figures such as President Jefferson Davis and General Robert E. Lee are set to be removed in New Orleans.
Of course not everyone is thrilled about the decision.Over 100 emails opposing the decision were procured via The Associated Press, the Tribune reports. And those 100 represent just a sampling of the 1 million potentially relevant emails an AP search turned up.
Daunted by that 1 million number, the AP focused only on the emails received of State Representative Patricia Smith (D), which reduced the daunting number of dissenting emails to 105.
“Our history is our history and we should not allow elected officials to pick and choose what parts of history get destroyed or get revered,” said one email. Said another: “Cannibalizing cultural memory is not progress.”There were even accusations of Marxism within the emails. “If you do not vote to support our state’s historic landmarks then you are siding with these Neo Communist Anti American Anarchists against the will of 73 percent of the citizens of Louisiana,” one CSA monument supporter wrote.
Smith received the emails because she was against a proposal brought by her colleague Thomas Carmody (R-District 6), who was in favor of implementing obstacles so that the monuments would be preserved.
Despite the email campaign, however, Smith said, “From last year, my mind was made up. I was never going to vote for that bill.”Though the House approved Carmody's bill 65-31, a Senate committee voted 4-2 against it. Those in support of the Carmody bill believed that tearing down the memorials was “erasing history,” while Smith believed supporters were minimizing the effects of slavery and racism. “They feel like racism didn’t exist,” Smith said.
Other emails spewed anger at New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu who supported the statue removals, accusing him of being an “embarrassment” and a “tyrant,” though Landrieu’s office maintains that it followed the standard legal procedures to remove them.
Overall, Smith hopes the issue is resolved, though she’s not eliminating the possibility of someone resurrecting the bill, especially given the passion behind the statues' supporters. We shall see what happens!