“The city’s got better things it could spend its money on,” is the proverbial retort when we demand more change now. Yet more than half of the 2 million dollars slated for monument removal was spent on hiring a Texas security company to surveil the process and gather intelligence. All this due to the high threat of dealing with “racial extremists,” as deputy mayor Ryan Berni put it. It is notable that the term, “racial extremists” doesn’t only refer to the alt-righters that openly carried assault rifles and grenades (which the NOPD refused to disarm them of) to defend their beloved monuments. From the vantage point of the world of security — particularly private security from right wing Texas (or even the lens of many a “progressive” white liberal for that matter) — racial extremists include black led groups who march in the streets and scream for the value of their lives. Which is to say more than half of Mitch’s money spent on monument removal was ostensibly spent on surveiling the people who worked to make him do it — us. This is all painfully reminiscent of America’s darling boy Kennedy spewing PC jargon about the Civil Rights Movement as he simultaneously had his brother ramp up monitoring of it.