Power Plays: Baltimore Mayor Orders Removal Of Confederate Statues
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I heard the news that Baltimore’s Confederate monuments had been removed in the middle of the night. And I thought “hmm, interesting.” But when I learned a Black woman was behind the action my subdued, but intrigued response, immediately turned to one of pride and joy. “Ok, sis!”
Earlier this week, likely after citizens of North Carolina took it upon themselves to remove the monuments that serve as a daily reminder of our nation’s dark history, Pugh ordered that city contractors do the same thing in Baltimore, in the middle of the night.
Contractors removed statues from their bases and loaded them onto flat bed trucks and drove away. The work began at 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday night. By 5:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, they were gone.
Pugh watched in person as the monuments were removed. And on Wednesday morning, she told the Baltimore Sun,
“It’s done. They needed to come down. My concern is for the safety of our people. We moved as quickly as we could.”
The Baltimore City Council had been going back and forth on the decision to remove the monuments for a year. But the events in Charlottesville the resolution passed with a unanimous vote.
The city is still undecided what to do with the removed statues.
Catherine Pugh, doing what Black women do best. Get sh*t done.