Maryland House Speaker Vows Repeal of State Song Due to ‘Confederate-Sympathizing Language’

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In the wake of nationwide demonstrations to end police brutality, racism, and social injustice in the US following the killing of an unarmed African-American man named George Floyd at the hands of white Minneapolis police officers in May, many US states and institutions have taken actions targeting the legacy of the Confederate era.

Maryland’s House of Delegates Speaker, Del. Adrienne Jones, announced on Tuesday that state legislators are intending to pass a bill repealing the state song due to its “Confederate-sympathizing language”, according to the Associated Press.

Written originally as a poem by James Ryder Randall during the Civil War era in 1861, the song ‘Maryland, My Maryland’ calls for Marylanders to secede from the Union. It also refers to former US President Abraham Lincoln as a “vandal,” “despot,” and “tyrant”.

Jones, a Democrat, argued that the “Confederate-sympathizing language” of the song, which was adopted as Maryland’s official song in 1939, “is not representative of who we are as a state any longer”.

According to AP, Maryland lawmakers began sensing strong support for repealing the state song following this year’s nationwide demonstrations to end police brutality, racism, and social injustice following the killing of unarmed African-American man George Floyd in May by white police officers.

Maryland’s legislators have repeatedly attempted to replace the controversial song’s official status since…

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