Governor John Bel Edwards says the state should not get involved in the city of New Orleans’ decision to remove confederate monuments. The city is attempting to hire a contractor to take down three Confederate statues and a monument that commemorates an attack by a white supremacists. Edwards made his comments on his monthly call-in radio show.
“This is an issue for the city of New Orleans, and it’s an issue that was brought forward by the mayor. I know the council has weighed in, citizens from New Orleans and citizens from elsewhere have weighed in,” Edwards said.
Louisianans from all corners of the state have voiced their opinions on social media. Groups like Take Em Down NOLA and others have hosted rallies celebrating the removal of the monuments, while others have fought to keep them in place. But Edwards says it isn’t the state’s place to get involved.
“This is an issue for New Orleans, and I don’t know that the state ought to be weighing in on the internal management of the city of New Orleans,” Edwards said.
Two different bills have been filed seeking to protect confederate monuments around the state. But Edwards says he hasn’t spoken to either author. He says this is an issue that was brought forward by New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who wants to see the monuments removed.
“He’s made that pretty clear, and again it’s not in conversations with me because this is not something that involves the state. I’m saying that based on things that I’ve read in the paper and seen on TV,” Edwards said.