Although I have long admired Barrack Obama's speech on race in Philadelphia, easily the riskiest, brilliant and one of the most eloquent speeches of this century was delivered by a born-and-bred Southerner and the mayor of New Orleans, Mitch Landrieu. As four confederate statues were finally pulled down from their place of honor, the last of Robert E. Lee, Landrieu has made the obvious point that the "Civil War is over; the Confederacy lost; and we're better off for it." The speech was given before a small invited audience at Gallier Hall as crews were preparing to lift the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from its pedestal a few blocks away at Lee Circle. The speech has received glowing accolades from columnists and editors at The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic and The Chicago Tribune.
I believe the speech needs to be posted all over the web for as full readership as possible. It's a speech for a lot more than Louisiana. The historical and moral clarity are impeccably presented. Video of the entire speech is here. And here's the transcript in full: