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Baltimore Removes Confederate Statues in Overnight Operation

Posted by on Aug. 16, 2017 at 7:44 AM
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Statues dedicated to Confederate heroes were swiftly removed across Baltimore in the small hours of Wednesday morning, just days after violence broke out over the removal of a similar monument in neighboring Virginia.

Beginning soon after midnight on Wednesday, a crew, which included a large crane and a contingent of police officers, began making rounds of the city’s parks and public squares, tearing the monuments from their pedestals and carting them out of town.

Small crowds gathered at each of the monuments and the mood was “celebratory,” said Baynard Woods, the editor at large of The Baltimore City Paper, who documented the removals on Twitter.

“The police are being cheerful and encouraging people to take photos and selfies,” Mr. Woods said in an interview.

The statues were taken down by order of Mayor Catherine Pugh, after the City Council voted on Monday for their removal. The city had been studying the issue since 2015, when a mass shooting by a white supremacist at a historic black church in Charleston, S.C., prompted a renewed debate across the South over removing Confederate monuments and battle flags from public spaces.

The police confirmed the removal.

By 3:30 a.m., three of the city’s four monuments had been removed. They included the Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson Monument, a double equestrian statue of the Confederate generals erected in 1948; the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument, erected in 1903; and the Roger B. Taney Monument, erected in 1887.

Taney was a Supreme Court chief justice and Maryland native who wrote the landmark 1857 decision in the Dred Scott case, ruling that even free blacks had no claim to citizenship in the United States. Although Taney was never part of the Confederacy, the court’s decision was celebrated by supporters of slavery.

The fourth statue, the Confederate Women’s Monument, was dedicated in 1917.

One Twitter user, James MacArthur, live-streamed the removal of the Lee and Jackson monument as it was unceremoniously torn from its pedestal and strapped to a flatbed truck. At street level, lit by the harsh glare of police klieg lights, the two generals appeared small.

Residents were seen celebrating on the pedestal, on which someone had spray-painted “Black Lives Matter.”

A team of police cars escorted the statues out of town. Ms. Pugh suggested on Monday that the statues might be relocated to Confederate cemeteries elsewhere in the state. (Although Maryland never seceded from the Union during the Civil War, there was popular support for the Confederacy in Baltimore and Southern Maryland, where Confederate soldiers are buried.)

One city councilman said the statues should be destroyed, not just moved.

“These people were terrorists. They were traitors. Why are we honoring them?” Councilman Brandon M. Scott said at a meeting on Monday.

 00:30On Mayor’s Order, Statue Removed From Baltimore Park

Video A statue of the fifth Supreme Court chief justice, Roger B. Taney, was taken down overnight Wednesday after the City Council voted to remove monuments to people associated with racism, in the wake of the deadly demonstration in Charlottesville, Va.

A group of protesters made up of so-called alt-right activists and white supremacists demonstrated against the removal of a Lee statue in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday, clashing with counter-protesters. One woman was killed when a driver rammed a car into a crowd of counter-protesters; the police have charged an Ohio man who has expressed far-right views. Two state troopers monitoring the event were also killed in a helicopter accident.

Tensions were further inflamed on Saturday when President Trump refused to clearly denounce the protesters, some of whom carried Nazi banners and Confederate battle flags. Although he condemned the Ku Klux Klan, “neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups” in a statement on Monday, Mr. Trump said Tuesday that parties on “both sides” of the debate were to blame for the deadly violence.

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Donna6503
by Platinum Member on Aug. 16, 2017 at 7:51 AM
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Good.

Sorry folks; but all those Confederate statues and memorabilias need to go to a museums or such, but not on publicly owned land for display for public admiration, it's wrong.
nb34
by Platinum Member on Aug. 16, 2017 at 7:55 AM
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Good, a step in the right direction, in spite of our hateful so called president.

billsfan1104
by Ruby Member on Aug. 16, 2017 at 7:55 AM
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Crafty_Girl
by Member on Aug. 16, 2017 at 7:56 AM
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They can tear down all the statues they want - it doesn't change history and the things that happened. And it only serves to further divide this country :(
Mommy_Bee_
by Bronze Member on Aug. 16, 2017 at 7:58 AM
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Good. Put them in museums where they belong.
Monuments are used to show respect. The men who lead genocide should not be shown respect.
Mommy_Bee_
by Bronze Member on Aug. 16, 2017 at 7:58 AM
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So tell me, where are all of the Hitler monuments? Does the lack of them serve to divide?

Quoting Crafty_Girl: They can tear down all the statues they want - it doesn't change history and the things that happened. And it only serves to further divide this country :(
couture-mommy
by 8.21.1831 on Aug. 16, 2017 at 7:59 AM
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Nobody is "changing history".
That statement is as idiotic as keeping racist monuments up while trying to heal this country from racism.
The divide is not on us. Its on you.

Quoting Crafty_Girl: They can tear down all the statues they want - it doesn't change history and the things that happened. And it only serves to further divide this country :(
Sparkles4Lui
by Gold Member on Aug. 16, 2017 at 8:00 AM
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The dates when they were erected are quite interesting.

"They included the Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson Monument, a double equestrian statue of the Confederate generals erected in 1948; the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument, erected in 1903; and the Roger B. Taney Monument, erected in 1887."

Had to look up this guy https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_B._Taney
Sparkles4Lui
by Gold Member on Aug. 16, 2017 at 8:03 AM
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No one is "trying to change history". That's an altright talking point meant to deflect.

Quoting Crafty_Girl: They can tear down all the statues they want - it doesn't change history and the things that happened. And it only serves to further divide this country :(
Donna6503
by Platinum Member on Aug. 16, 2017 at 8:09 AM
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George Orwell books were about communism and how the state's modification of history and reality alters the truth.

Having those statues put up by the state does just that, it glorifies history that shouldn't be glorify, but the state does put up these false relic of glory for the state's own benefit.

Basically; the state shouldn't have put up those statues in the first place.

Just like all around the world where the Communist Party raise glorified statues to provide a false sense of bravado, you want to support the same thing.

So Bill, when did you become a communist?

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