ANNAPOLIS (WJZ) — The Maryland State Senate voted unanimously to repeal “Maryland, My Maryland” as the state song.
Written in 1861 by a Baltimore native and Confederate sympathizer, its lyrics refer to a “despot,” which historians said is a reference to President Abraham Lincoln.READ MORE: People In Baltimore Protest In Solidarity, Mourning Daunte Wright's Death After He Was Fatally Shot By Police During Traffic Stop In Minnesota
State lawmakers are pushing for its repeal once again. They say it is past time, but especially important right now.READ MORE: Pause In Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Could Delay Maryland's Goals As Baltimore City Emerges As Potential New Hotspot
Some who oppose the repeal acknowledge some of the lyrics are offensive, but liken its repeal to “cancel culture.”MORE NEWS: Stimulus Check Update: Are You Eligible For A Plus-Up Payment?
Gov. Larry Hogan has previously pushed back on efforts to change the state song.