Kb Ott 
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Re: “Does the possibility of street crime make you less likely to go downtown?

"Trying to erase history..." -- So under this reasoning, slavery and Jim Crow racial subjugation would have been preserved as "history" ?!

Relocation of the White League obelisk (which by the way celebrated the murder of New Orleans police officers and the re-institution of white supremacy) as well as the three Confederate monuments to the Cult of the Lost Cause from their perches of public veneration is news that New Orleans is considering its whole community, rather than just our Confederate-era slaveholder elites. And removal of these monuments have nothing to do with the crime being committed in our town -- Rather its equation is a spurious attempt by Confederate sympathizers to prey upon us with fear and loathing toward a truly pluralist society.

Yet might the possibility of crime be lessened if we had a more humane society, with employment paying living wages, affordable housing, accessible and affordable healthcare, schools rooted in community control instead of profit$? The lack of such is the reason for the divide many of us face here in New Orleans.

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Posted by Kb Ott on 07/05/2017 at 1:14 PM

Re: “Commentary: It didn't have to come to this

'DJ' said: "While there are those that opposed the monuments, they were not particularly controversial."

We must live in two different worlds. Not only were these monuments celebrating the Confederacy whose very ideals called for keeping people enslaved, the White League monument in particular CELEBRATED the murder of New Orleans police and Louisiana government officials!

For some of us, taking these monuments down from veneration and proposing to put them on display in a museum is a compromise position. Especially for the White League monument, it deserved the same fate as the Berlin Wall [smashing it to pieces].

Posted by Kb Ott on 06/13/2017 at 1:51 PM

Re: “Mayor Mitch Landrieu is giving his ‘State of the City’ address this week. What grade would you give him for his terms in office?

Mayor Landrieu is to be commended with following through the New Orleans City Council's 6-1 December 2015 vote to remove from public veneration four Cult of the Lost Cause Confederate Jim Crow era monuments. While it was unfortunate to spend money to protect us from open carry gun-toting white nationalists protesting the monument removals, the Landrieu administration justly stood fast to not let domestic terrorism govern what was for many of us a long overdue decision to take down these monuments of hatred and white supremacy.

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Posted by Kb Ott on 06/13/2017 at 1:39 PM

Re: “Is New Orleans crime ‘out of control’?

There has been efforts to do away with the White League monument (currently located at the foot of Iberville Street) for over five decades.

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Posted by Kb Ott on 10/20/2015 at 5:32 PM

Re: “BREAKING: Anti-noise ordinance rally moves into City Hall, enters City Council chambers

Excellent news -- and special kudos the City Councilmember Cantrell for opening up the Council Chambers (imagine if that kind of welcome was afforded during the public housing demolition debate in 2007, instead of the police riot that ensued).

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Posted by Kb Ott on 01/17/2014 at 2:56 PM

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