Scoot: An interview with the creator of the Forever Lee Circle beads

February 06, 2018 - 8:34 pm

The Forever Lee Circle beads, which feature an image of the Lee monument, are a hot topic this Mardi Gras season. The removal of the statue of Robert E. Lee was controversial, to say the least, with passionate argument on both sides of the issue; and these beads are proving to be the same.

Scoot talked with the creator of the beads, who goes by Ms. Forever Lee Circle since she and her family have received death threats. Over beads. Scoot obviously has no patience for that.

“It's unacceptable that people threaten somebody's life over the disagreement of a political opinion. And the very people that wanted the monuments to come down, because of the violence the men represented in their minds, they are the ones who are upset and suggesting violence.”

What was the inspiration behind the beads?

“It was around July, and there was still a gamut of emotions. The commnity was still reeling. There was a lot of anger, sadness, disbelief. And on the other side, there was elation. Both sides were feeling their emotions to the extreme.”

That was certainly the case. On air, on our text line, and our Facebook and Twitter, the debate didn't end immediately after the Confederate monuments were taken down. It lingered.

Ms. Forever Lee Circle further explained why she created the beads.

“In New Orleans, we acknowledge, we commemorate, we celebrate everything. I thought, 'I'm upset about this, I'm sad about it.' I'm not ashamed to say that I'm upset that monument is no longer there. And it should be okay that I say that, and it should be okay that I do something constructive to give people an outlet to say this was not what I felt in my heart should have happened.”

Scoot and Ms. Forever Lee Circle touched on other issues like some krewes banning the beads, the current storage of the monuments, the possibility of fights breaking out, and more. You HAVE to listen to the whole conversation.

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