House Bill 667 aims to repeal controversial Maryland state song, local activist testifies in support of legislation
MARYLAND — The Maryland House of Delegates heard testimony on Wednesday, in support of a bill that would repeal the current state song.
House Bill 667 would get rid of “Maryland, My Maryland” as the state’s song, which was written back in 1861 as a call to arms for the Confederacy. During the song, it points to President Abraham Lincoln as a dictator and urges defiance to the “Northern scum.”
Amber Green, a Salisbury resident and member of the lower shore progressive caucus, testified in support of the bill because she feels the song no longer represents what Maryland stands for, especially given the nationwide protests against racial injustice.
Green says in part quote, “in this particular song is nothing but symbolism for white supremacy. And with the racial history of white supremacy, as an eastern shore activist, I just cannot stand for a symbolism that does nothing but rallies white supremacy on the eastern shore to do this day as it has in the past.” She adds that she wants delegates to “remember all the injustice that has happened past and present” when casting their vote in favor or not in favor of repealing the song.
There are in fact three bills aimed at repealing “Maryland, My Maryland” as the state’s song. The bill sponsored by Speaker Pro Tem Sheree Sample-Hughes will be heard next month.