New Orleans mayor calls for removal of 'divisive' monuments
NEW ORLEANS- New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is calling for the replacement of "divisive" monuments in the city and wants talks on replacing a monument to Confederate Civil War general, Robert E. Lee.
Landrieu's comments, published on his Twitter feed, came during a meeting on racial reconciliation Wednesday in the city.
Many states in the South are debating whether to take down Confederate symbols in the wake of the shooting at a historic black church in South Carolina.
The mayor said it's time to replace divisive monuments and symbols with ones that reflect the city's unity and hope.
The Robert E. Lee statue stands in the middle of a traffic circle in New Orleans, near popular tourist destinations like the World War II museum.
Symbols matter - must ask if prominent city symbols reflect who we are today or if they ever really reflected who we were. #WelcomeTableNOLA— Mitch Landrieu (@MayorLandrieu) June 24, 2015