Baltimore City councilmember Brandon M. Scott will introduce a resolution on Monday “calling for the immediate destruction of all Confederate Monuments in” the Maryland city.
— Brandon M. Scott (@CouncilmanBMS) August 13, 2017
Scott made the announcement on Twitter on the day following the murder of 32-year-old Heather Heyers by a Nazi sympathizer during a counter-protest in Charlottesville.
In contrast to the weak condemnation of violence (“on many sides”) delivered by President Donald Trump, the resolution authored by the councilmember described the events that took place in Charlottesville on Saturday as “domestic terrorism carried out by white supremacist group.”
The announcement of the resolution came on the same day as thousands of Baltimoreans gathered for a solidarity rally and march led by anti-police brutality collective Baltimore Bloc around a confederate statue of General Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson located near the Johns Hopkins University campus.
Thousands of people are here in Baltimore to denounce racism, white supremacy, and the Confederacy. pic.twitter.com/H8c6tVzwzD
— T'Challa ☀️Ra ? (@BmoreDoc) August 13, 2017
Some protesters decided to make both additions and modifications to the statue as they await for the city to take action.
— Baltimore BLOC (@BmoreBloc) August 14, 2017
Good morning to check out a great replacement for/key improvements to/actual context around one of Baltimore's racist confederate statues ? pic.twitter.com/vhFKdlhuLH
— caitlin goldblatt (@trustpunch) August 14, 2017
Baltimore mayor Catherine Pugh said she intends to transfer the monuments to a Confederate cemetery, but some Baltimore activists are demanding the city adheres to the cathartic spirit of Scott’s resolution.