The New Orleans City Council vote on four Confederate monuments continued to draw national attention. At TheRoot.com, Kirsten West Savali called the Confederate States of America "a domestic terrorist group that existed in this country 1860-1865, and one that is still revered by many white Americans who wax nostalgic about a time when the Old South still lived." Savali added, "There is no Gone With the Wind fantasy to protect, only the desperate need of racists to hold on to fond memories of mint juleps, mammies and black people as their property."
Meanwhile, local talk-show host Jeff Crouere took direct aim at Mayor Mitch Landrieu in an essay for TownHall.com, calling Landrieu "arrogant and pompous" and saying the mayor should be recalled — not just for his support of removing the monuments, but for the city's ongoing crime and infrastructure problems. Crouere — who is part of the Monumental Task Committee, one of the groups that filed an injunction after the council's vote — also thought removing the monuments would damage tourism: "These precious tourists, who fund the city's largest industry, will find New Orleans a much less interesting city to visit after the four historic monuments are removed." Not sure that many people come here to check out the Battle of Liberty Place monument ...
Kevin M. Levin of The Atlantic saw opportunity for change. "Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, in a city where fewer than half of the city's working-age African American men are employed and over 50 percent of African Americans live in poverty, there is an opportunity for a new reconstruction," Levin wrote. "Perhaps the public spaces opened up can be used to connect its residents to a past that more accurately reflects the city's shared values and points to a more promising future."
KREWE OF CHEW
ABC News marked the opening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens by spending time with New Orleans' Krewe of Chewbacchus as members attended the first screening: "Led by a trombone-playing Imperial Stormtrooper and featuring an Ewok on saxophone, a brass band welcomed light saber-wielding members of a fantasy-loving Mardi Gras marching club to a distinctly New Orleans-style celebration of Star Wars." May the Fortier be with you ...
LANCE MOORE ON
THE BLACK AND GOLD
Former New Orleans Saints wide receiver Lance Moore didn't learn the team had released him last year from head coach Sean Payton or general manager Mickey Loomis. He read it on Twitter.
"That was kind of a gut punch," Moore told Josh Katzenstein of The Detroit News, just before Moore's current team, the Detroit Lions, traveled to New Orleans for Monday Night Football in the Superdome, which resulted in a dismal 35-27 routing of the Saints.
Moore also said he'd received what were described as "generic letters" from Payton wishing him well in Lions training camp. Of course, Payton isn't on Twitter ...
National Public Radio's Morning Edition had a segment on Cynthia LeJeune Nobles' A Confederacy of Dunces Cookbook, which is subtitled "Recipes From Ignatius J. Reilly's New Orleans." Nobles explains two rarely seen delicacies — wine cakes and daube — as well as "Russian cake" (scraps of doughnuts and cake, glued together with sauce and alcohol).
Steve Inskeep quotes Nobles: "This reinvention of less-than-ideal materials — tough meat, stale bread — into delicious meals is a New Orleans tradition." With themed pop-up restaurants on the rise, surprising there hasn't been a pop-up with Confederacy-inspired food ...