Things I noticed about the Jackson Statue protest today in New Orleans
A group announced that they would attempt to pull down the statue of Andrew Jackson today to protest the city's failure to remove monuments associated with the Confederacy (yeah, I know Jackson had nothing to do with the Civil War - just stay with me here). Then David Duke announced he would also attend the protest. Result? Shitshow.
- •The police presence in the French Quarter was so heavy that today would have been the ideal time to commit a crime anywhere else in Orleans Parish.
- •I have never seen a SWAT team vehicle up close before. Heavily armored is an understatement. That black uniform has got to be sweltering in 100 degree heat index.
- •There were far more people out to protest David Duke than to protest or attempt to remove the statue. These folks remembered the original issue, though.
- •David Duke looks like the undead. I did not take a picture - I like my phone.
- •50% of the folks milling around Jackson Square had no idea what was going on.
- •Several people I overheard discussing the Jackson statue believed he was a confederate soldier and had no clue that he died in 1845, more than 15 years prior to the Civil War.
- •Snipers on the rooftops are creepy.
- •Riot gear is creepy.
- •The jazz band in front of the Cathedral provided a surreal soundtrack for a protest situation.
- •Most affected by the protest? The merchants around the square, many of whom reported a steep drop-off in Saturday business.