203 years. Then….racism?

Today is the 203rd birthday of the Star Spangled Banner.

The flag that flew over Fort McHenry during the British bombardment in 1814 and inspired Francis Scott Key to write the poem that eventually became the United States national anthem is celebrating its 203rd anniversary this year. In honor of that anniversary, here’s a look at historical photos celebrating the Star-Spangled Banner itself, as well as the American flag through the ages.



Then a few people in Baltimore decided the Star Spangled Banner was a Racist Anthem even though I’m pretty sure the lyrics include “o’er the and of the FREE, and the home of the brave”. 

But for some blacks (and I’m assuming the people who defaced the statue of Francis Scott Key are black), it’s okay to spray red paint all over the statue, that has been standing in Baltimore for 100+ YEARS. I give the protesters some credit – they spelled racist and anthem correctly. 

The Mayor Of Baltimore said the statue will be cleaned and will stay standing (thank you!) but can’t make any promises that the defacing of this or other statues won’t happen again.

It’s not just the Key statue. It’s Christopher Columbus in NYC. It’s Lee. It’s Thomas Jefferson at University of Virginia. 

What if I’m offended by a creepy peanut sculpture in Plains Georgia? plains-ga-jimmy-carter-peanut-statue-photograph-copyright-brian-brown-vanishing-south-georgia-usa-2012

THIS people leave alone but ruin national treasures?  Go figure.

16 thoughts on “203 years. Then….racism?

  1. “Africans in America are a distinct and inferior race of people, which all experience proves to be the greatest evil that afflicts a community.” – Francis Scott Key

    1. Yikes. Key said that?????? As distasteful as it is to hear that, it was likely a fairly common position in the day. We’ve come a long way from slavery and blacks being considered inferior. I may regret saying this, but the leaders and participants in the BLM Movement are making blacks perceived as evil. The successful well educated blacks are not vocal enough for my taste to call out the blacks killing blacks in Chicago, calling out the violence among the BLM crowd.

      Thanks for stopping by and for sharing that quote, albeit an eye opener. Are you saying then, by offering the quote, that the protestors had the right motive in defacing the statue?

      1. I think this whole Destroy All Statues is going a bit too far. But I see their point, at least, with this one. I don’t agree with their actions, but I understand the problem. Solutions? I’m not there yet!

        1. I’m not there yet seeing their point. As Swanton said, probably a large percentage of statues up are of men who once owned slaves. Was it right? No but right won out when the slaves were freed. I’m not even sure why people are defacing Columbus.

    2. From personal observation, I believe many Caribbean blacks feel the same way about American blacks today. I can’t say I agree, but my opinion is meaningless.

  2. Spray painting public property is not okay. It’s malicious destruction and ought to be severely punished. Sadly, it won’t be.
    If your family has been in the US since its creation, it’s quite possible your ancestors held slaves. And, it’s also possible those same ancestors were important enough or contributed enough to have statues erected in their honor. I can just envision what might happen to a statue in a tiny New England town when it’s discovered that the great grandparents of a 19th century generous benefactor to that little town owned a slave or two.
    My little town is too small to have any statues. Lucky us !

    1. Rational people understand your logical comment. Unfortunately, the crowd that’s hell bent on destroying statues is not rational. Those UVa students? Why go there is they are offended by the founder? Go to Nowhere College instead. The colleges that have seen violence in the past learned the hard way that it stops parents from wanting their children to go to these colleges. Ask Missouri. Ask Evergreen.

    1. In my heart of hearts, I blame Obama for this death spiral of division. He set his AG and all his admin (except for Biden) on a path to divide the races. I think Obama was the lowest of the low, lying his entire life about who he is. He lifted up thug blacks by calling them his son and having Holder embrace the looting of towns. I don’t know what might have happened to race relations had HRC become president but I can’t imagine it would have improved.

      I saw a photo of Kid Rock getting approval by some black Detroit ministers that set the left on fire. It’s a crazy time.

      Add that Ann Coulter is publicly calling for Trump’s impeachment and we have 2017. Wheeeee-ha.

      1. Can’t figure out Ann Coulter (but, I wouldn’t want her pissed at me)
        Adam Corolla, who used to be with Dr. Drew on Loveline and with Jimmy Kimmel on the Man Show has no such fear:

        1. Ann is an enigma. She’s been pissed at Trump a few times, although I gotta say she’s right to be angry if Trump gives amnesty and doesn’t build the wall. I’m worried Trump is traveling too much, on the road like Hope and Crosby. Trump was the loudest complainer when Obama traveled.
          I’m hoping all turns out well but I’m feeling unsettled today, and it’s not from the salt and vinegar almonds!

        2. I’ve gotten as far as putting The_Donald Reddit on my favorites bar AND looking at it yesterday. I can’t figure out which links to click. Too many choices. I’ll take another stab tomorrow. Remember I said I’m a slow learner.

        3. I think Trump is being played the fool by Pelosi. If she gets back as leader, you know the first thing she’d do is set in motion impeachment proceedings. I hope he knows what he’s doing. I don’t see it.

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