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Baltimore enters '1984' territory

I am absolutely livid about Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's call for a "review of Confederate-era statues in the city to make recommendations for 'their future in Baltimore'" ("Status of Confederate statues to be reviewed in Baltimore," June 30).

What sort of revisionist history would the mayor like future generations to understand? Does she even know why there are Confederate statues and monuments in Baltimore? Maryland's history in the Civil War was mixed; Marylanders fought on both sides of the conflict. Though Maryland never seceded, prominent businessmen and politicians with strong Southern sympathies sat out the war in Europe rather than risk being jailed. The cannons on Federal Hill are pointed at the city, put there by President Abraham Lincoln.

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Why just Confederate-era statues and monuments? With all this recent celebrating of fairness and equality, why not look at all the monuments in the city? How about the Washington Monument? George Washington was a slave owner.

Am I still living in America or have I been transported to George Orwell's "1984?"

Bettye Campbell, Parkville

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