1.) In recent years, what factors have caused people to be offended by monuments that have been around for decades?
2.) Why weren’t the confederate statues an issue in the 1960s when the civil right movement was taking place?
3.)Mitch Landrieu stated: “The Confederacy, you see, was on the wrong side of history and humanity.” But whether the history was pretty or not, shouldn’t the city keep the statues up as a memorial of Louisiana history?
4.) If these monuments were taken down, how would the city come up with the money to take down these statues?
5.) Does this set precedent to allow anything anyone claims to be offensive to be removed?
Within the past week, many in-state students at LSU started to panic over the news that the state halted TOPS payments to all universities in Louisiana. Gov. John Bel Edwards had to make some very tough decisions in order to fix the budget problem Louisiana is facing. Funding TOPS for the next fiscal year would cost over $300,000 million, which unfortunately led to the pause on TOPS payments. The claim of this article is that TOPS payments were halted for Louisiana’s budget crisis sake, and the evidence is the amount of money Louisiana is in debt, which is why cutting out TOPS was a necessary part of Edwards budget plan. This article was extremely upsetting for me because if I did not have TOPS next semester, I would have to leave LSU because my family couldn’t afford paying the expensive tuition. I’m sure many other students would agree with me. I believe that TOPS gives students like me the opportunity to fulfill our dreams of going to college to get a degree that aids us in pursuing our dream careers.
A few months back there was an article in LSU’s newspaper, the Daily Reveille, which was repetitively being posted on Facebook amongst LSU students. The article was written by Clarke Perkins and was titled: “Opinion: Tigerland’s dress code is discriminatory.” To summarize this article in a quick fashion, Perkins basically believes that Reggie’s, JL’s Place, and other bars within Tigerland has a dress code that targets and inhibits black men from entering any of the bars. Perkins’ claim is that black men are being targeted and her evidence to back it up is a story about a black male was not allowed into the bar because he was wearing white shoes (no white tennis shoes were not allowed at that particular bar) but there were several people within the bar who had white tennis shoes on. What I found so interesting about this article was how naïve I was to all of this. Never in all the times I went to Tigerland did I witness or hear about the discrimination towards black men.