Arden Wells is running for the U.S. Senate in Louisiana. In this short video he addresses the Confederate monument debate in New Orleans. Wells supports maintaining the monuments in their current locations owing to their status as landmarks and as popular tourist destinations. He appears to understand that many African Americans find them offensive, but Wells believes that whites have the right to celebrate their heritage.
Rather than remove these monuments Wells suggests adding a monument to the Louisiana Native Guard, which was organized early on in the war by the city’s free black and creole population. Unfortunately, from here Wells’s analysis goes off the deep end when he notes that these men fought for the Confederacy. According to Wells, “very few people wish to acknowledge that there were black Confederates.” I have no idea what documents Wells is looking, but the Louisiana Native Guard was never accepted for service in the Confederate army and many of these same men ended up fighting for the United States.