In regards to the monument to African slaves, Baxley claimed:
“I would rather celebrate overcoming the heartbreak of slavery. I wouldn’t want to build a memorial to child abuse. I wouldn’t want to build a memorial to sexual abuse. I have a discomfort about memorializing slavery. …I would like to take it in a more positive direction than a memorial to slavery.”
Florida State Democrats were incensed by Baxley’s comments.
Rep. Kionne McGhee a state lawmaker representing parts of Miami, Florida said:
“His verbiage — if I were to read it as is — without an immediate clarification, it is borderline racism. His statements have no place in today’s society as it relates to race relations.”
Baxley claims that his statements were misinterpreted, however, his block still stands.