Backlash against a plan to remove
prominent Confederate monuments in New Orleans has been tinged by death
threats, intimidation and even what may have been the torching of a
now, at least, things have gotten so nasty the city hasn't found a
contractor willing to bear the risk of tearing down the monuments. The
city doesn't have its own equipment to move them and is now in talks to
find a company, even discussing doing the work at night to avoid further
appeared the monuments would be removed quickly after the majority black
City Council on Dec. 17 voted 6-1 to approve the mayor's plan to take
them down. The monuments, including towering figures of Gens. Robert E.
Lee and P.G.T. Beauregard, have long been viewed by many here as symbols
of racism and white supremacy.