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Wednesday, 13 September 2017 14:24

Here's how Fredrick Douglass would respond to the vandalism of that Francis Scott Key statue

Written by  Philip Wegmann

Baltimore Police responded to a call of vandalism at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday. On the 203rd anniversary of "The Star-Spangled Banner," some social justice vandal defaced the Francis Scott Key monument, spilling red paint on the marble statue and writing "racist anthem" on its base.

By the time a Baltimore Sun photographer arrived, the dripping red paint had turned the water in the fountain an ugly neon pink, the color of Pepto-Bismol. What was dramatic and daring in the middle of the night began looking increasingly pitiful in the light of morning, and in light of history.

While the identity of the vandal isn't known, their message is obvious. The national anthem must be racist because its author owned slaves and because its third verse, which was scrawled in sloppy spray paint on the statue, mentions "the hireling and slave." It's the sort of sophomoric and stupid argument made by insufferable undergraduates with bad grasps of history.

If the national anthem is racist, if it's really a chorus celebrating chattel slavery, no one told Fredrick Douglass.

Born a slave in Maryland, Douglass escaped to New York and later became one of the nation's leading constitutional abolitionists. He felt real racism. He also understood that America is an idea, not the sum of her slave-owning citizens.

Read more at The Washington Examiner

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