Malcolm Suber, an adjunct professor of political science at Southern University, is an organizer of the group Take ‘Em Down NOLA which has led the push to dismantle historic Confederate monuments in New Orleans. According to The New York Times Suber is “an avowed Marxist-Leninist” – an admitted communist. Some people, especially those outside of the Lower South, may not fully appreciate the radical agenda which is behind Suber’s effort. Some may believe that the fuss will go away once a few statues of Confederate generals are taken down. But that is not the case, as Suber admits.
NOLA.com reports that Suber’s Black Marxist group is “push[ing] for a much more widespread clearance of monuments, street names, school names,” etc. They have prepared a comprehensive agenda targeting essentially all White monuments or memorials in the city:
The written statement included a list of Take ‘Em Down NOLA’s targets for removal or renaming. The list includes at least a dozen monuments (including the four already slated for removal by the city), 24 streets, seven school campuses and two hospitals.
These range from highly visible tributes to well-known slaveholders like the monument of Andrew Jackson and locally famed leaders of the Confederacy, such as former Louisiana Governor and Confederate General Francis T. Nicholls, for whom Governor Nicholls Street is named, to lesser-known monuments such as that dedicated to Confederate Brig. Gen. Albert Pike at Tulane Avenue and Jefferson Davis Parkway and lesser-known figures like the Rev. Benjamin Morgan Palmer….
The New York Times notes that even monuments honoring George Washington, Revolutionary War hero and first president of the United States, are being targeting by the Black communist group:
[Suber] noted that he had been part of a group that persuaded the Orleans Parish School Board to pass a policy in 1992 that prohibited schools from being named for slave owners. It eventually led to a school called George Washington Elementary being renamed for Dr. Charles Richard Drew, a prominent black surgeon.
On Thursday, Mr. Suber chuckled mischievously and said he would be delighted to see the statue of Washington over by the New Orleans Public Library come down, too.
“He was a slave master,” he said. “Right?”