Last week, a gang of tiki torch wielding white nationalists descended on the UVA campus to shout things like "white lives matter" in protest of the removal of Confederate statues. That rally exploded in Charlottesville the next day, leaving protesters like Heather Heyer dead. The situation has found President Donald Trump publicly comparing the hate on one side to the frustration on the other, but in Baltimore, the heart of the matter—those Confederate statues—are being removed with the quickness.
For those just waking up, here's what happened in Baltimore: the city's dead-of-night removal of all four of its Confederate monuments. pic.twitter.com/gaquP2hlqN— Alec MacGillis (@AlecMacGillis) August 16, 2017
Baltimore's statue of Roger Taney - author of the 1857 Dred Scott decision that denied citizenship to black people - was removed overnight. pic.twitter.com/Qg7WbUK5K1— Talia Richman (@TaliRichman) August 16, 2017
Some activists wasted no time for photo opps.