New Orleans was at the heart of the free speech/”revisionist history” debate this past month as it removed four Confederate statues in a move that was long overdue. Now it looks like Baltimore will follow its lead.
Mayor Catherine Pugh told a group of reporters at a press conference that the city of Baltimore will look into removing their own markers of a darker past.
“The city does want to remove these,” Mayor Catherine Pugh said in an interview with The Baltimore Sun. “We will take a closer look at how we go about following in the footsteps of New Orleans.”
This campaign isn’t a new one for the mayor’s office as Pugh’s predecessor, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, had already floated the idea of looking into how to remove the monuments. She went as far as to place signs in front of four that declared them as “part of a propaganda campaign of national pro-Confederate organizations to perpetuate the beliefs of white supremacy, falsify history and support segregation and racial intimidation.” However, due to costs and logistical concerns, she held off on starting the project and left it up to Pugh.
If Baltimore’s process resembles New Orleans’, there will be plenty of pushback from the pro-Confederacy crowd who wants to worship their deities of bigotry at the altars of racism. [They probably didn’t like Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s speech.] Hopefully the end result will be the same, if not better.