Remove Confederate statue, Professor Steve Grossman urges

Dean Julius Isaacson Professor of Law Steven Grossman contributed a Jan. 20 op-ed to The Baltimore Sun endorsing a task force’s recommendation that a statue of the Confederacy’s top two generals be removed from Baltimore.

In “Monuments should reflect today’s thinking,” Grossman says the statue of Generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson – “dressed in their uniforms and nobly astride their horses” — doesn’t belong in today’s city.

To venerate Confederate war heroes is to venerate men who fought a war “to maintain the greatest evil ever perpetrated on this continent,” Grossman wrote.

Grossman acknowledges it is difficult to know where to draw the line: “Where do we stop honoring those whose actions were once largely accepted but no longer are? Should we, for example, remove the sculptures of Presidents Washington and Jefferson carved into Mt. Rushmore because both of them owned slaves?”

The task force’s recommendation is before Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

Learn more about Professor Grossman.

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