On Sunday, Martin O’Malley called out South Carolina for flying the Confederate flag at next to the Capitol building, a symbol which he described as “terribly jarring and callous” particularly in the wake of the shooting of nine people at a prayer meeting at a historic black church in Charleston.
It’s interesting that he failed to bring up the many symbols of the Confederacy that linger in Baltimore (where he was mayor) and throughout Maryland (where he was governor). Maybe they slipped his mind.
In any case, our city and county officials haven’t forgotten — or perhaps the tragedy jogged their memory. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has called for Maryland to cease distributing special license plates that feature the Confederate flag, and Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz wants to change the name of Robert E Lee Park to Lake Roland.
The president of the Baltimore NAACP, Tessa Hill-Aston, has expressed her concern that purging all signs of Confederate history may prevent us from learning from it.
While that gets sussed out, someone took it upon themselves to spraypaint “Black Lives Matter” over a Confederate statue in Baltimore.