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. Maryland……Commiefornia East.

  2. Jim Speers says:

    The lack of courage amongst those who are cowed by the fear of offending someone with a school fight song is insane. Soon, we are going to be told we have lost the right to speak (or sing) anything outside the walls of our own homes because of the risk we might offend someone.

  3. Chris Kellam says:

    Let’s erase all memories of slavery. Starting with the Democrat party.
    So sick of these hypocrites.

  4. Joan Kahl says:

    liberalism…you cant fix stupid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. James Dunham says:

    I’ve heard them play…they are doing us a favor.

  6. In 1814, Key was a slaveholding lawyer from an old Maryland plantation family, who thanks to a system of human bondage had grown rich and powerful.

    When he wrote the poem that would, in 1931, become the national anthem and proclaim our nation “the land of the free,” like Jefferson, Key not only profited from slaves, he harbored racist conceptions of American citizenship and human potential. Africans in America, he said, were: “a distinct and inferior race of people, which all experience proves to be the greatest evil that afflicts a community.

  7. It’s a call to arms to defend against an invasion. No mention of slavery. Nothing insulting here.

  8. John Lawshe says:

    Any wise opposing team band will play this song for them, and likely better!!

  9. Joe Buck says:

    As if you needed more evidence that leftists have no cheese left on their cracker.

  10. Most of the students don’t understand anyway, so they’ll let themselves be lead.

  11. Debra Slone says:

    will the real Americans please stand up and stop these people from destroying the usa.

  12. dezertdawg says:

    No problem, let the University go private and not accept any public funding.

  13. The Maryland state flag is a symbol of slavery, as are the names a several town and counties including Baltimore city, When will that all be changed?

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