By Kimberly Eiten

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The University of Maryland’s marching band will no longer play “Maryland, My Maryland,” the official state song of Maryland, at school sporting events because of its ties to the Confederacy.

On Monday, the University of Maryland shared that its marching band has cut the Southern-leaning state song from its line-up. After the deadly rallies in Charlottesville, the controversial anthem will no longer be playing on the university’s campus at all.

The song is a nine-verse war poem, put to music. It was used as a pro-Confederate battle hymn and talks of spurning the “Northern scum.”

Click here for the full lyrics for “Maryland, My Maryland.”

“To be honest, I don’t even know what the tune is. I’d be more upset if they didn’t play the fight song, I think,” said University of Maryland student, Chris Rogers.

Another student said that they didn’t think people would even notice.

Maryland lawmakers however, will certainly notice just as they did in 2016 when they launched into debates on to how to handle the pro-confederate tune.


University spokesperson Katie Lawson released the following statement:

“As part of the university’s efforts to reaffirm our values as a campus community, we are assessing the songs that are played at Intercollegiate Athletic events. We are suspending the playing of “Maryland, My Maryland” to evaluate if it is consistent with the values of our institution at this time.”

With arguments that ultimately lead nowhere except for the wake of deadly white supremacy rallies in Charlottesville, there is the question if “Maryland, My Maryland” could be headed for the history books.

“I think it’s a little absurd to what lengths people are going to. They’re going to ban songs. They’re going to ban everything,” said student Monica Alston.

Another student, Cheyenne Jones, opposingly feels that doing away with the song is better.

“It makes more sense than trying to change lyrics to an old song anyway.”

In the past, Governor Hogan has pushed back against efforts to change the state song. In 2015, the university removed the name of a former school president and segregationist from it’ stadium.

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh had the city’s four Confederate monuments removed earlier this month.

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Comments (79)
  1. “…comes after a violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville,”
    The “white nationalist” aspect of the rally was unfortunate and one I do not support.
    Many people who were NOT “white nationalists” were there to protest the removal of a historical monument.
    However, it was not ‘violent’ until Antifa showed up with sticks and M-80 miniature dynamite charges and began pepper-spraying non-“white nationalists” and “white nationalists” alike.

  2. The lyrics haven’t been sung for 150 years. Now these artificial art officials have their panties in a wad over the music?

  3. So we can now celebrate the end of racism in Maryland?

  4. Jim Morrison says:

    When is Rap Music going to stop using the Nword?

  5. If the people of Maryland had any brains they would stop sending state tax dollars to support the University. When all of these liberal professors have to find meaningful work, as the place around them falls into bankruptcy things will change quickly. Besides, it’s not really all that great a school when you consider other universities in the nation.

  6. Jim Noonan says:

    “The decision comes after a violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va”

    In case you missed it, Antifa, the masked cabal of goons, misfits and paid anarchists carrying clubs, bicycle chains, sledge hammers and bottles of urine and feces as weapons, were exuberant participants in that “violent white nationalist rally”!

  7. Rick Blaine says:

    One of the BIG problems is that Americans don’t know their history. For example, what would people think if they learned that Lincoln invaded the South to preserve the Union, NOT free the slaves. If he hadn’t invaded Virginia, there never would have been a Civil War. Slavery would have faded away, and the southern states would probably have petitioned to be let back in to the Union. And, additionally, what if they learned that the Emancipation Proclamation did NOT actually free any slaves in the South. The Emancipation Proclamation was issued as a political stunt, and only applied to the states in the Confederacy, over which Honest Abe had no control.

    I do, however, generally approve of Abraham Lincoln, but I aim for clarity.

  8. You know America was slave trading long before there was a Confederate flag. Better get rid of Old Glory.

  9. Caving in to liberal fascism is BS.
    Civil War is nigh.
    Arm yourselves and get ready.

  10. Stupid. What will this change?

  11. Since everyone is talking about Antifa these days, i think it important if the University and the Maryland State government consider if 10K Maryland citizens put on their best business suits and dresses, plus a bandana, and march on both the school and the state, demanding answers, esp why such cowardice exists among their employees.

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