Armed Black Patriot Defends Confederate Monument During New Orleans Protest

Armed Black Patriot Defends Confederate Monument During New Orleans Protest

Confederate monuments may be coming down across the south, but monument supporters aren’t letting go without a fight. A recent scuffle near New Orleans’ Jefferson Davis monument shows that tensions are still high on both sides. But the racial divisions aren’t as clear-cut as one might think.

The protesters fighting against the monument’s existence claim that Confederate figures should not be displayed in public. Condoleezza Rice, a black woman who grew up in the segregated south, disagrees.

In a recent interview on Fox and Friends, the former secretary of state was asked about monuments like the Jefferson Davis statue in New Orleans. She said:

I’m a firm believer in keeping your history before you…

I want us to look at the names and recognize what they did and be able to tell our kids what they did and for them to have a sense of their own history. When you start wiping out history, sanitizing history to make you feel better, it’s a bad thing.

And Rice isn’t the only African-American supporting the presence of monuments to slaveholders.

Read about how a black man in New Orleans defended the Jefferson Davis monument on the next page:

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