Francis Scott Key Monument Vandalized

A Baltimore monument to Francis Scott Key was found vandalized Wednesday morning.

As cities nationwide decide whether or not to remove Confederate statues, it seems some people believe they can take the law into their own hands. There have been several reports of vandalized monuments in recent months.

The controversy has spread from Confederate monuments to any monument dedicated to an important figure in American history deemed to be racist by the Left.

The city of Baltimore also had four Confederate memorials removed last week, and a statue of Christopher Columbus was also vandalized in Baltimore just weeks ago.

Rather than having a professional and public discussion over important memorials, some punks with spray paint think they can get away with damaging whatever they think is racist.

Key wrote the poem “The Defence of Fort McHenry,” whose first stanza became our National Anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner.”

Baltimore Police received the vandalism report early Wednesday morning.

The monument had been spray-painted with red and black paint. The vandal also spray-painted the words “racist anthem” at the base of the monument.

The Baltimore Sun reports:

The monument — primarily concrete and marble, but with gold in the base and a gold figure atop — had been tagged with black lettering, but also with what appeared to be splashes of red and black paint.

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

Baltimore Police currently have no suspects in the case, but are investigating the crime.

The statue of Key is located at downtown Baltimore’s Eutaw Place. It was dedicated in 1911, honoring Key, who was held prisoner aboard a British ship during the War of 1812’s British assault on Fort McHenry when he wrote his iconic poem.

The Washington Examiner reports:

Officials say they received a report that the monument had been vandalized around 6:30 a.m., painted with the words, “Racist Anthem.”

Baltimore has seen a spat of vandalism targeting historical monuments in the past weeks including damage to a statue of Christopher Columbus. It also comes following the city’s overnight removal of four monuments linked to the Confederacy last month.

It seems vandals want to create controversy over city monuments, now that they know the city will remove monuments if enough people say they are offensive.

If defacing of public memorials continue, one must wonder how the city will respond.

In September, 1999, the statue of the Figure of Columbia holding the American Flag was restored and rededicated.

“Hireling or slave” comes from a stanza in the poem not included in The National Anthem which many believe refer to slaves who fought for the British. That, and the fact that Key owned slaves, has created controversy over monuments dedicated to Key.

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