By: Major Burdock | 05-19-2017 | News
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All Eyes On Me!: Will Lee Circle Be Renamed After Tupok?

Perhaps not Tupak, but there's another black musician in the running.

The Statue of Robert E. Lee in the center of Lee Circle has been a focal point for citizens of the city of New Orleans for more than 130 years. Now, the iconic statue is down.

What do the Liberals do about the ever-offensive roadway named Lee Circle? That, of course, must be renamed. And certainly not for a white person.

A petition at is proposing "Honor Allen Toussaint - Rename Lee Circle" Here's their pitch:

There isn't a more fitting individual or a less divisive solution to the "monument issue." Few New Orleanians have contributed so much to the city, the nation and the world - advancing our culture, creating amazing music with such a huge diversity of artists. As Jazz Fest's Quint Davis said, "he was a one-man Motown."

There's no doubt Toussaint was a great musician and an icon of New Orleans. Why honor him as a replacement? Why honor him under such controversy? Was it the sound of Motown that beat The South in the American Civil War?

Mayor Mitch Landrieu spoke just blocks away, defending his actions. "We cannot be afraid of the truth" was the punchline after suggesting that because the monuments were erected after the Civil War, they are symbols of white supremacy.

Time to rename the mid-town street unfortunately named "White Street." And what to do about "The White Roach," a record store on Magazine Street? Looks like Landrieu has a lot of important work ahead.


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