NEW ORLEANS — Outgoing Mayor Mitch Landrieu is writing a book about racism and being white in the South. Naturally, racists across Louisiana expressed outrage at the news on the Facebook pages of various media outlets.
KATC follower Roger Fontenot was apoplectic that the mayor known for removing statues commemorating the Confederacy was authoring a book about his experiences with racism.
“What’s this world coming to when a white man dares to talk about racism?” Fontenot commented on the Lafayette TV station’s post about the book. “White people are the victims of discrimination these days, not the blacks. How can I easily dismiss accusations of discrimination when it’s a white guy talking about how the uppity majority of New Orleans and their city council voted to remove the monuments to the only thing left that I can hold on to?”
Baton Rouge resident Connor Broussard also was incensed that the white mayor elected by a majority-black city had the nerve to write a book about race.
For an extra $2.99, Louisiana residents can purchase a box of crayons, which they can use to trace the fall of the Confederacy through the Jim Crow era and right up to the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue at Lee Circle.
“Looky here, Mitch Landrieu let New Orleans flood multiple times,” Broussard wrote on WAFB’s Facebook page. “If he hadn’t removed the monuments, the residents would have had high ground to climb to if they encountered flood waters. The real story here is that New Orleans is a failing city, and they’re so desperate that they elected a black woman to replace him. That’s how low they’ve fallen.”
Meanwhile, over at WDSU’s Facebook page, there were plenty of comments critical of Mitch Landrieu. Most of them were not translatable or appropriate for republishing.
Landrieu has announced that he also will release a cheaper, alternate form of his book, loaded with lots of pictures to cater to followers of The Hayride blog.
In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History will be released in March, with the alternate version to be released on April 9, the 153rd anniversary of Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox.
The picture-filled version will be available at local gun shows for $3.99 and is expected to use very few words, most of them being monosyllabic. For an extra $2.99, Louisiana residents can purchase a box of crayons, which they can use to trace the fall of the Confederacy through the Jim Crow era and right up to the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue at Lee Circle.
One in 10 (that’s all fingers, unless you’re from New Iberia) issues will feature a portrait of David Duke for anyone who hasn’t worn out their white crayon yet.