Standing near grounds that marked one of last the public lynching's in Anne Arundel County, Carl Snowden says hate crimes and incidents both then and now should face the fullest extent of the law.
"Charlottesville was the wake up call. In Charlottesville, we saw thousands of young people -- people assume that the problem of racism was with a previous generation," Snowden said.
He serves on the Caucus for African-American leaders in Anne Arundel County, the group is hoping a forum on racism in public schools and in the community addresses what Snowden calls blatant displays of racism throughout the county.
From nooses on school grounds to KKK fliers passed around neighborhoods in Glen Burnie, leaders say the incidents have to stop.
"Anne Arundel County should not tolerate anti-Semitism or racism. We have two newly-elected leaders coming; one is a state's attorney who's committed to vigorously people who commit hate crimes and that's important," Snowden said.
And it's that type of commitment Snowden says is necessary to prevent these hateful incidents from happening again.