This is Leadership. Leadership looks and sounds like this.
It’s not about divisiveness. It’s not about winning and losing. Rather, this is about thoughtfulness. This is about being willing to look at reality and ask not what is easy but what is necessary.
Just a few quotes:
There is a difference between remembrance of history and reverence of it. For America and New Orleans, it has been a long, winding road, marked by great tragedy and great triumph. But we cannot be afraid of our truth.
It is self-evident that these men did not fight for the United States of America, They fought against it. They may have been warriors, but in this cause they were not patriots.
And I knew that taking down the monuments was going to be tough, but you elected me to do the right thing, not the easy thing and this is what that looks like. So relocating these Confederate monuments is not about taking something away from someone else. This is not about politics, this is not about blame or retaliation. This is not a naïve quest to solve all our problems at once.
Heck, go read the transcript or watch the video.