Baltimore’s confederate Statues

29 May

Baltimore, a city in a state that never was part of the Confederacy (not for lack of trying) has 3 confederate monuments. It is a majority black city.

So…the problem I have with Miz Mayor is…WTF is the problem?

It don’t cost $200k to take those down. You call a metal recycling outfit, and they can have the bronze statues for the cost of hauling them away to melt down. Frontloader and Dump truck, a couple of guys with jackhammers take care of the base – cost $3000 if you have to rent the truck. End of story. Alternately keep the base to put something of value to the folks of Baltimore on top of.

Get the feeling that perhaps the reason for Baltimore’s continuing struggles are their lousy leadership?

Mayor Catherine Pugh

Baltimore Mayor Considers Removal Of Confederate Monuments

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh is considering the removal of her city’s Confederate monuments, as New Orleans did just days ago.

“The city does want to remove these,” Pugh told the Baltimore Sun. “We will take a closer look at how we go about following in the footsteps of New Orleans.”

Earlier this month, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu delivered a speech that drew widespread attention, explaining why he had ordered the removal of that city’s confederate monuments.

Among Baltimore’s monuments to the Confederacy is a statue of Roger Taney, the Supreme Court chief justice who wrote the infamous Dred Scott decision that said, among other things, that African-Americans could not be citizens. The city also has statues of Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.

A statue of Chief Justice Roger Taney in Baltimore, Md.

Pugh suggested one way to get rid of the statues, telling the Sun, “It costs about $200,000 a statute to tear them down. … Maybe we can auction them?”

The previous mayor of Baltimore, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, ordered the placement of interpretive plaques at the monuments. One such plaque, placed at a statue of Lee and Jackson, states:

“These two men became subjects of the Lost Cause movement which portrayed them as Christian soldiers and even as men who opposed slavery. Today current scholarship refutes these claims. These larger-than-life representations of Lee and Jackson helped perpetuate the Lost Cause ideology, which advocated for white supremacy, portrayed slavery as benign and justified secession.”

Carolyn Billups, former president of the Maryland chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, told the Sun, “I find it interesting that Baltimore city has that kind of money to move statues when there are problems with crime and schools. I would think that would be more of a priority.”




Posted by on May 29, 2017 in Black History, Stupid Democrat Tricks


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6 responses to “Baltimore’s confederate Statues

  1. Makheru Bradley

    May 29, 2017 at 9:23 PM

    “Baltimore, a city in a state that never was part of the Confederacy…” Yeah but as you know Maryland was a slave-holding state exempted from the Emancipation Proclamation because of its loyalty to the Union. It didn’t outlaw slavery until 1864. In my opinion focusing on these monuments is another example of what Dr. Bobby Wright called “charging at the matador’s cape,” while the matador himself (institutionalized white supremacy) inflicts death with his sword.


    • btx3

      May 30, 2017 at 8:14 AM

      Lincoln kept about 300,000 troops in Maryland to assure the state stayed in the Union. One of the prison camps for captured confederate soldiers was established specifically in Southern Maryland (in what is now Trump country) at Point Lookout to serve as a reminder to the local population what would happen, and as an excuse to station large numbers of Union Troops in the area. Southern Maryland is an agricultural area, and has always been known as a deeply racist area. Had a personal experience with that myself, where my then wife managed to prevent me from doing something “rude” to the perpetrator. Northern Maryland is a lot closer to the states it adjoins, and tends to be substantially more liberal. In the elections in Maryland, it historically has been a battle between the southern areas of the state and the urban areas around Washington and Baltimore city. Like Virginia and North Carolina – the urbanized vote is increasingly carrying the elections.

      I think the cities moving to remove confederate monument signals other changes. I don’t believe it is window dressing. We will have to see if the idea gains momentum. Removing the outward signs, and the flags – making them unacceptable, just signals another, admittedly small piece of the fight by removing the symbology. A large part of stopping the legal Jim Crow was symbolic – by shaming the white population and putting their actions under the scrutiny and condemnation of the world, and making it unacceptable in polite company – Dr King moved the ball.

      I don’t have much hope for old-line politicians like Mayor Pugh – but I think BLM, and the millennial generation understand, and have a plan to deal with some of the problems. At this point, for anything to happen – the Chumph has to go.

      Increasingly …”By any means necessary.”


  2. harfobama

    May 30, 2017 at 7:35 PM


    May 31, 2017 at 10:42 AM

    I greatly this post. I’m not one to ever comment,
    but I felt really compelled to this time. I shared this on my instagram and bookmarked your blog!


  4. V.E.G.

    August 16, 2017 at 10:49 AM

    I suggest replacing the statue with Richard Michael Ridgell. Ridgell did save many lives!


    • btx3

      August 16, 2017 at 11:20 AM

      Works for me, V.E.G. Although it would seem a Memorial at the Navy Yard in DC would be more appropriate.



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