Rally held in Lafayette Square
NEW ORLEANS- A rally was held at Lafayette Square over the weekend by whites against white supremacy. The demonstration comes in the wake of the debate over the Confederate flag and other southern symbols, like the Robert E. Lee statue.
Protesters say Lee's statue promotes racist thinking, but others say the Confederate general isn't a racist symbol, but one that celebrates southern heritage.
"White supremacy works through all of our systems and institutions to marginalize, silence, devalue, undermine, exploit, suppress, and kill black people and other people of color," said rally organizer, Leslie Runnels.
"Robert E. Lee reflects a part of our history," said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. "He doesn't really reflect who the city was."
Over the weekend, the statue of Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard was vandalized outside the main entrance to City Park. ‘Black Lives Matter' was written on both sides of the monument.
The discussion about southern symbols in New Orleans follows the racially motivated murders of nine people at a church in South Carolina.