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Landrieu apologizes for slavery, racism

By Mason Harrison
Contributing Writer

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu earned himself a place in the city’s history books last Wednesday, offering a surprise apology at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for racist policies and their aftermath. The watershed political moment comes in the shadow of a racially motivated attack on an historic Black church in Charleston, S.C., by a white supremacist June 17 leaving nine dead, including a South Carolina state senator. Landrieu’s remarks—part of an event geared toward healing racial division—were accompanied by a promise to remove a number of Confederate statues littered across the city.



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