Wednesday, September 13, 2017

'Racist Anthem' spray painted on 106-year-old Francis Scott Key statue in Baltimore

Via Billy

The Grandson Of Francis Scott Key Arrested By Lincoln    
November 27, 1862 - "We came out of prison just as we had gone in, holding the same just scorn and detestation [for] the despotism under which the country was prostrate, and with a stronger resolution that ever to oppose it by every means to which, as American freemen, we had the right to resort."

 Mayor Catherine E. Pugh was disappointed by the vandalism of the Francis Scott Key Monument in Baltimore on Wednesday — and has no plans to remove the monument from Eutaw Place, a spokesman said.

Exactly 203 years after the attorney penned the poem that would later become the national anthem, the city awoke to find the words “Racist Anthem” spray-painted on the Bolton Hill monument and red paint splashed on it.

Baltimore police are investigating, and the city's Commission on Historic Art Preservation will send a conservator to evaluate how to clean it and the cost. But officials don’t have a plan for protecting it against future vandalism, Pugh spokesman Anthony McCarthy said.

“We can’t ensure it’s not going to happen again,” McCarthy said. “We understand the freedom of expression, but there certainly has to be a more constructive and productive way to have a conversation about history.”

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