When it comes to Confederate statues, Alabama Mayor Kenneth Nail of Hanceville sees a symbolic regional heritage while New Orleans Mitch Landrieu sees a message of racism and hate.
“I understand that symbols mean different things to different people,” wrote Nail in a letter he sent to Landrieu, requesting that they send the four Confederate Monuments they removed in May to the people of Hanceville, who will appreciate their historical aspects.
“The symbols or Confederate Monuments that are seen as offensive symbols of hate in New Orleans are seen in our city as highly regarded symbols of heritage and struggles faced by all people,” stated Nail, according to a report from The Advocate Monday.
Landrieu has yet to respond to the request, but Nail said he’s received all positive feedback. “Everybody who’s approached me has said they think it’s a great idea, and it seems like I haven’t offended anybody — which is never the goal,” said Nail.
“One of my good friends, who is black, even messaged me on Facebook and told me, ‘Look, some of my ancestors were forced to fight in [the Civil War], and I think it’s a good idea to remember these things.’ He told me, ‘I drive a truck, and I’ll even go down there and pick them up if the city needs me to.’”
Nail explained that the city wants to proudly display the historical statues in their Veterans Memorial Park, where they would be protected now that the state of Alabama has passed a bill forbidding the removal of such monuments.
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