Vandals Target Francis Scott Key Monument In Baltimore

Kimber

The Monument haters found a new target this morning.

According to the Baltimore Sun:

Mayor Catherine 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 what that will cost. But officials don’t have a plan for protecting the monument 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.”

Let me make one thing clear: FREEDOM OF SPEECH DOES NOT INCLUDE THE DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY.

The vandals also made SURE we knew exactly what set them off:

On the ground in the area around the monument, words from the third stanza of Key’s poem were painted in black:

No refuge could save, Hireling or slave,

From terror of flight, Or gloom of grave

WOW. HOW DARE THIS MAN ACKNOWLEDGE THE REALITY OF HIS TIME.

RACIST ANTHEM.