Just a day earlier, Pugh said she would seek approval from the Maryland Historical Trust, a state agency, to remove the Lee-Jackson monument, then provide a public timeline for removal. "There was enough grandstanding, enough speeches being made".
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She said her mind was made up in June.
"These people were terrorists".
Pugh has stated that the statues will not be destroyed but transferred to Maryland cemeteries.
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Not only do the monuments glorify oppression and subjugation, but Confederate symbols placed prominently in the public square serve as constant reminders to people of color that the sentiments behind the Confederacy are still alive and well. Taney delivered the majority opinion in Dred Scott v. Sandford (1857), which ruled black people could not be considered US citizens. This time the debate for many governments is how to lessen the hate, by removing the monuments or relocating them to museums with appropriate context. He also attacked what he described as the "alt-left" for the violence.
Baltimore has a population of around 614,000, 63 percent of whom are African-American, according to the 2016 U.S. census.
Numerous monuments were sprayed with graffiti, as some activists vowed to destroy the monuments before the city could act.
The Republican-controlled legislature would have to repeal the 2015 law restricting the removal of monuments. Therefore, it does not surprise me that Democrats in many of these cities are pandering to their base with these overtures to remove Confederate symbols.
"That's an act of lawlessness in my mind, " said Billups, who lives in St. Mary's County. Tearing down monuments won't erase our nation's past, and it doesn't advance our nation's future.
Pugh said she began formulating plans to remove the statues in June, when she met with Mitch Landrieu, the New Orleans mayor who removed four Confederate statues this past spring, including the overnight removal of a statue of Jefferson Davis.