Protesters bring down statue of Francis Key Scott

Scott, who wrote the nationwide anthem, was a slave owner.

June 20, 2020, 1: 36 PM

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The statue of Francis Key Scott, who is identified for writing “The Big name-Spangled Banner” but was a slave owner, was toppled by protesters in San Francisco accurate via demonstrations in opposition to racial injustice.

Scott wrote “The Big name-Spangled Banner” after he noticed an American flag flying on the Fight of Fort McHenry following a victory over the British in the Battle of 1812. The traces he wrote grew to become into the nationwide anthem.

On the other hand, Scott — whose lyrics consist of “land of the free” — was an owner of slaves and defended in courtroom slaveholders’ rights to enjoy human property, in step with The Smithsonian.

The toppling of the statue comes amid protests that erupted all the way in which via the arena after the death of George Floyd, who was killed in police custody, in opposition to systemic racism and police brutality.

In the direction of some of those protests, monuments related to slave dwelling owners or the Confederacy beget been toppled.

As of Friday afternoon, now not lower than 22 cities had both removed or licensed the elimination of Confederate monuments. Essentially the most controversial of those memorials, the Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond, Virginia, is caught up in a factual war.

ABC News

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