A 106-year-old monument to the author of the national anthem, Francis Scott Key, was vandalized Wednesday — spray-painted in red declaring “racist anthem,” The Baltimore Sun reported.
Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh said she has no plans to remove the monument — and directed art preservation experts to figure out the cost of cleaning it.
The vandals also spray-painted those words onthe sidewalk next to it: “No refuge could save/ Hireling or slave/ From terror of flight/ Or gloom of grave,” the Sun reported.
In particular, NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick stoked a national controversy last season over his decision not to stand for the anthem before football games in protest of racism in America.
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