Jefferson Davis Statue Removed In New Orleans

Hunter Wallace
Occidental Dissent
May 13, 2017

By now, I am sure you have seen the news in New Orleans:

“Workers in New Orleans in the early hours of Thursday took down a statue of Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War. It was the second of four such statues or monuments targeted for removal as city officials seek to erase the vestiges of an era that celebrated white supremacy and racism.

Crews, wearing masks to cover their faces, worked under a heavy police presence starting at 3 a.m. to dismantle the statue, which was erected in 1911, nearly 50 years after the end of the war, and commissioned by the Jefferson Davis Memorial Association. …”

It makes you sick to your stomach, doesn’t it?

I was at the Jefferson Davis monument on Saturday. It was still standing when I left on Monday. I’m not surprised, however, that it was gone by Thursday morning.

There is a reason why one generation erected these Confederate monuments and why another has singularly failed to preserve them. The reason is that the character of our people has changed over the course of the last century. A hundred years ago, White Southerners still had a sense of honor. They were proud of their race, proud of their unique culture, and above all else they were proud of the sacrifices made by their fathers which is why they erected these monuments in the first place.

A century ago, it would have been unthinkable for our forefathers to hide behind a handful of trembling “Black Confederates” in New Orleans in order to *prove* how tolerant they are to a bunch of communists and anarchists. I don’t have anything against anyone who supports preserving our Southern heritage, but this is a bizarre fixation of the Baby Boomer generation who are obsessed with *proving* that there were thousands, even millions, of non-Whites who fought for the Southern Confederacy.

How do we explain this bizarre behavior? We live in a culture in which only non-Whites possess moral legitimacy. In the “mainstream,” Whites do not have any moral legitimacy. It is verboten for Whites to organize to defend and advocate their own interests in the public sphere. According to the “mainstream,” the worst thing you can be in this society is a “racist” or a “white supremacist” and those terms are thrown around so casually that just being out there with a Confederate flag or supporting a Confederate monument in public is enough to get you branded as such.

Here’s what I saw at the Jefferson Davis monument: I saw hipsters riding by on their bicycles, hurling invective and speeding off down the street. The Confederate heritage supporters there were determined to *prove* that they are not racists. I even saw one guy tell a hostile passerby that he had non-White grandchildren. It was clear to me that the important thing was to be portrayed as a victim, as someone who smiles and turns the other cheek, who is nice, tolerant and respectable and who isn’t a racist. That’s how you win over public opinion and save the Confederate monuments.

We heard it all again on Sunday at Lee Circle:

In reality, we all came to New Orleans after antifas attacked the encampment of Black Confederates at the Jefferson Davis monument on May Day. They threw rocks, bottles, used mace, burned flags, engaged in vandalism, hurled slurs etc. They were as hateful and menacing as anyone could possibly be. They even accused the Black Confederates of being racists!

Take ‘Em Down NOLA is led by the avowed communist Malcolm Suber. They march with groups like Black Lives Matter, Republic of New Afrika, the New Black Panthers and New Orleans Antifa. In the eyes of the Lügenpresse, the only “extremists” out there are White racists. The black supremacists calling for the extinction of all White people are fine. No one raises any questions about the “optics” of a group that is led by a communist and which contains members of violent black supremacist groups.

It is a ridiculous standard: one side is berated by the Lügenpresse as “hateful” when they behave like a church choir while the other side is only expressing its tolerance when it hurls rocks and broken bottles, starts fights and engages in vandalism. Don’t even get me started on their appearance. I saw plenty of vagrants and the scum of the earth in the mob that approached us on Sunday.

The pro-monument heritage crowd is intimidated. The anti-monument crowd can behave as poorly as it wants. I can’t count how many times I heard it is too violent, I have a job, I have to work, my family comes first, there is too much risk to come out and oppose these people. I heard the same refrain from everyone from normies to Confederate heritage activists to nationalists.

That’s why we are losing these heritage battles. Everyone on our side of this debate but a small minority is too cowed and intimidated to advocate their own cause. They are too apathetic, individualistic and materialistic to form an effective opposition. They are not mean enough and organized enough to fight back successfully. I’m afraid our prosperity has made us weak and decadent.

I came away from New Orleans with the impression that the enemy only respects strength and power. The weakness we have seen from the Rainbow Confederacy crowd has invited nothing but aggression. They don’t care about your attempt to prove you are not a “racist.” THEY are the problem, not YOU.