In response to a vote at the city council, the city of New Orleans has begun the work to remove several Confederate and white supremacist monuments from the majority-black city.
New Orleans is just the latest of many Southern cities grappling with their historically racialized iconography in the modern era. While those who oppose the removal of such monuments site historical value and heritage as reasons to keep the monuments intact, those who oppose view the anti-black sentiment of most of the monuments to be an affront to their mere presence.
The national conversation began in earnest shortly after shooter Dylann Roof toured plantations and confederacy monuments in the lead-up to his mass-killing of nine black churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina. In the weeks after the mass killing, South Carolina removed the Confederate flag from state grounds.