Richard Green’s column on “Duck Dynasty” did a disservice to the state of Louisiana.
The show mischaracterizes Louisiana as a red-neck WASP state when only a portion of North Louisiana fits that description. Louisiana, overall, has stood out from its sister southern states as being more moderate and tolerant, yet the show and its actors, on and off screen, glorify the darker intolerant side of our society.
Greene’s statement that Monroe is the second oldest city in Louisiana is completely false — Natchitoches founded in 1714, followed by New Orleans in 1716 and Opelousas in 1720, are much older.
The Houston Chronicle was not referring to West Monroe as a “backwater,” but to the primitive parishes to the south along the Ouachita River and the people who live, hunt and fish there, and who migrated from Mississippi and Alabama.
I am very proud of Louisiana and its great French heritage and will be attending Natchitoches’ tri-centennial later this year as a direct descendant of its founder Louis Juchereau De St. Denis, a French military officer who came down the Mississippi River with Iberville and Bienville from French Canada in 1699, founded Natchitoches in 1714, and died there in 1744.