Maryland’s state song is on the verge of being repealed.
On March 29, 2021, the Maryland House of Delegates voted in favor of getting rid of “Maryland, My Maryland” as the state song. According to Erie News Now, that this move by the House of Delegates is “the closest legislators have come to removing the pro-Confederate song from the state canon in decades.”
The Black Lives Matter mania of 2020 has created the necessary conditions for certain campaigns to destroy American history, as evidenced in the present case of Maryland. The bill is currently waiting for Governor Larry Hogan to sign it. His spokesman Michael Ricci told CNN, that Hogan “has never really cared for the song and plans to sign the measure.”
Maryland’s song used a nine-stanza poem by James Ryder Randall, a known sympathizer of the Confederacy. Per the Baltimore Literary Heritage Project, Randall was a “Confederate sympathizer” who wrote the poem in the 1860s, specifically after the Baltimore Riots. This incident involved pro-Confederate sympatizers clashing with Union militias.
Maryland was an interesting state, in that slavery was still legal before the Civil War broke out and it also had a significant pro-Confederate populace. Maryland adopted the song in 1939, however, as the Baltimore Sun previously reported, elected officials have unsuccessfully attempted since the 1970s to revise or completely replace the song. The Maryland Senate unanimously approved the bill to repeal this song.
The current push to remove and revise a number of facets of American history is indicative of a hostile foreign regime that’s on the verge of consolidating its occupational power. Once in power, the new, socially radical ruling class will seek to vanquish any signs of the previous political order. Monuments, artifacts, songs, and other symbols of traditional history are fair game for these historical iconoclasts.