Learning From History Without Celebrating It

Your DGB for today is to contact your local representatives, if applicable, or a representative in a nearby state and demand they remove all Confederate monuments.

New Orleans has been in the news lately for removing all of the Confederate monuments in their city. Many applauded this move, but some fought against it, even forming a tiki torch brigade and trying to intimidate the workers removing the statues. We applaud New Orleans, but the United States has a serious Confederate monument problem. There are more than 700 monuments, spanning 31 states, and some in states that fought against the Confederacy. We have even seen 35 monuments erected since 2000.

The removal of monuments across New Orleans has sparked a national discussion on where Confederate monuments fit into our nation and it’s history. In a speech on why he removed the monuments, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu stated:

 

These statues are not just stone and metal. They are not just innocent remembrances of a benign history. These monuments purposefully celebrate a fictional, sanitized Confederacy; ignoring the death, ignoring the enslavement, and the terror that it actually stood for.

After the Civil War, these statues were a part of that terrorism as much as a burning cross on someone’s lawn; they were erected purposefully to send a strong message to all who walked in their shadows about who was still in charge in this city.”

 

We are asking you to contact the Mayors of cities that have Confederate monuments and implore them to follow the lead of Mayor Mitch Landrieu and remove the monuments. This list of monuments isn’t complete, but it’s a start.

DGB doesn’t believe in erasing history, but we do believe in placing these monuments in a musuem or somewhere that their correct history and horror can be explained instead of celebrated. We end with one last quote from Mayor Landrieu:

 

“There is a difference between remembrance of history and reverence of it. For America and New Orleans, it has been a long, winding road, marked by great tragedy and great triumph. But we cannot be afraid of our truth.”