A statement from Mayor Michael O’Connor:
On Saturday morning, I awoke to find disturbing, alarming, and racist images and messages posted throughout our City and the County. Immediately, I directed our Department of Public Works to move quickly in the removal of spray paint, stickers, and other materials from our local landmarks and facilities. Many community members also joined the efforts to remove these items, to whom I say thank you.
These actions are counter to our community’s growth, as we continue to have honest and hard conversations and work to end racial injustice. We, as a community, have work to do. This work requires all of us…our neighbors, our co-workers, our friends, and family members. The graffiti displayed this weekend is not the Frederick we aspire to be. I urge our community to continue with individual and collaborative reflection to identify and remove unconscious biases and to help build a community that is welcoming and just for all. My administration is committed through our current work to addressing diversity and inclusion, ending disparities, and serving all in our community with dignity, respect, and fairness.