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All The Confederate Statues In Baltimore Got Taken Down Overnight

By Aimee Lutkin

The movement to take down statues and memorials celebrating Confederate generals has been spreading quickly. White supremacists are becoming more open and extreme, many of them saying they've been emboldened by Donald Trump's election. 

Last weekend in Charlottesville, a rally organized by "Unite the Right" gathered at UVA to protest the planned removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee. The demonstration devolved into violence over the weekend, and a woman named Heather Heyer was killed when a car drove into a crowd of counter-protesters.

UVA isn't the only place that's been talking about getting rid of all these statues dedicated to the losers of the American Civil War. A statue was removed in Gainesville, one in Hollywood, and there's a planned removal in Lexington. 

The New York Times reports that the city of Baltimore seems to have decided to get rid of their Confederate statues too, and they weren't gonna deal with any KKK members showing up. In the middle of the night, they took them all away, and it's one of the first things I've smiled about in this situation all week: