A couple of nights ago, under cover of darkness, workers wearing masks and flak jackets dismantled and hauled off the first of four statues in New Orleans commemorating heroes of the civil war South.
Even those who think these attacks on our history are unjustified abominations might have to agree that a case could be made for this one. Not a statue, but an obelisk, it marked the place where white Orleanians fought the police during Reconstruction.
Still, the fact that city fathers chose to tear it down at night and in secret must show how unpopular the decision was with much of the population.
I find it interesting that they chose to do the deed in the pre-dawn hours of Confederate Memorial Day, a day that is still an official state holiday in Mississippi and Alabama.