Baltimore City Mayor Catherine Pugh Took Down the Confederate Monuments in Baltimore in One Night
Black women do not have time to play around. Not only are we out here trying to save what’s left of our humanity, we’re also busy running countries, cities, the government, our families, and trying to make sure we’re perfectly prepared for the last season of Scandal.
So, when Blavity reported on Wednesday that contractors in Baltimore quietly removed all the Confederate statues from the city in the middle of the night, I hollered.
Baltimore City Mayor Catherine Pugh probably has a lot on her plate; and dealing with the foolishness of white supremacy is not one of them.
In the aftermath of Charlottesville, local and state governments are continuing to battle over whether or not confederate shrines and statues should be removed from public spaces. According to The Baltimore Sun, a year and a half had passed since a Baltimore city panel recommended that four Confederate-linked monuments be removed or altered. Mayor Pugh wasted no more time on debates and per usual, just did what needed to be done.
“We moved quickly and quietly,” Pugh said according to the Baltimore Sun. “There was enough grandstanding, enough speeches being made. Get it done.”
Recognizing the need to avoid potential conflict in her city following the events in Charlottesville, Pugh determined early Tuesday that it was time to remove the monuments.
“I did not want to endanger people in my own city,” she said. “I started discussions with contractors and so forth about how long it would take to remove them. I am a responsible person, so we moved as quickly as we could.”
Go Mayor Pugh. Magical Black girl, over and out.