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It may reflect YOUR heritage but it is a civic monument and it does not reflect OUR heritage. New Orleans is 60% African American. And Lee Circle is the most prominent monument in town. If Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, Charles Didier Dreux, and P.G.T. Beauregard had won the war things would have been worse (for longer) for the ancestors of many New Orleanians.
No one is asking you to forget your heritage, but please understand that for most people (see poll above) Lee Circle is an ugly reminder of a horrific chapter in our history that should be remembered, yes, but not exalted. You can remember Robert E. Lee without a 12 foot replica standing 60 feet above the center of town.
Personally, I think this sounds fun, like a flash mob picnic. I get that we don't like any outside influence setting the tastes in this city but this is an event put on by a local group aimed at bringing young professionals together for something that's never been done. If it offends your sensibilities because it doesn't comport with your view of New Orleans that's fine. I would offer that one of the best things about the city that care forgot is that it has something for all tastes. "Gentrification!" is the battle hymn of the hipster who rarely realizes that in his quest for the "authentic" he is in the vanguard of the attack on authenticity, not the bulwark of it's defense. Finally, 'The Great Doucheby'? You're a professional writer and that's the best wordplay you can come up with?
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