Take Em Down NOLA march attracts hundreds

August 20, 2017 - 5:47 am
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WWL.com Reporting

The group Take Em Down NOLA marched from Congo Square to Jackson Square Saturday, sending a message to city council that their fight is not over.

The deadly events in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend spearheaded co-founder Malcolm Suber to organize the march in New Orleans one week later.

"Baltimore took down four statues in one night," said Suber. "Lexington, Kentucky just took down two statues. And so people are not waiting. They know that history has said that these things were offensive and represented white supremacy." 

The large group received support and cheers from residents in the French Quarter. 

Members of Take Em Down Nola want to see the city release a timeline of the immediate removal of the monuments and street signs that hold names of white supremacists. They also want the city to develop a community-driven process to remove the monuments and choose their replacements. 

Word of the march caused some concerns about safety, however police blocked off the streets with barricades and locked the gates of Jackson Square to ensure public safety. 

Suber said if the city council didn't act, his group would consider other means. He did not specify what those means could be.

In the meantime, those who participated in the march are just hoping for better race relations. 

A small group of counter-protesters showed up at Jackson Square.

As of Saturday at 10 p.m. there was no word of any arrests that took place at the march.

The group Take 'Em Down NOLA has been at the forefront of efforts to remove four prominent Confederate statues in the city. After legal delays, protests and much controversy, those statues were taken down this summer. Still, the group's leaders say their work will not be finished until no statues, street names or schools bear the names of white supremacists.

 

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