May 12, 2017
Sanitizing New Orleans History
I was aghast when I heard that New Orleans was going to remove its Civil War statues. Now, while I understood South Carolina removing the Confederate flag from its capital building, removing the statues seems revisionist to me.
I asked a local college history professor I know for his opinion on the topic. He became more animated than I had ever seen him, and emphatically claimed that erecting the statues in the first place was the revisionism. He feels that because he was a slave owner, there should have never been a statue of Jefferson Davis in the first place.
The key word about the college history professor isn't history, but college. My observation is that college professors spend too much time with eighteen year olds, and Peter Pan liberalism distorts any objectivity that they may have processed. The statue of Davis in New Orleans was erected in 1911. Regardless of the rationale at that time, it is now part of that city's history.
I borrowed the word sanitizing from Condoleezza Rice. She used it in explaining what a current mistake New Orleans is making in regard to its history.