The California NAACP wants to remove the “Star Spangled Banner” as the national anthem of the United States, claiming it’s racist against blacks.
“We’re protesting this racist song that has caused so much controversy in America, and we’re just trying to get it removed,” said Alice Huffman, president of the California and Hawaii NAACP.
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Huffman made the comments at a recent NAACP convention, SF Gate reported. The NAACP wants to introduce a resolution to state lawmakers to get rid of our national anthem. She didn’t suggest a replacement for it.
Huffman insisted this isn’t a repudiation of the American flag, even though The Star-Spangled Banner is a tribute to the American flag (“star-spangled banner” = star-covered flag). “We’re not trying to protest the flag at all,” she said.
Huffman claims the “Star-Spangled Banner” is racist because a line in its rarely-sung third stanza uses the word “slave.”
It’s unclear why liberals never raised this issue during the eight-year presidency of Barack Obama — the nation’s first black president. That would have been the perfect time, since Obama would no doubt have gone along with their grievance-mongering.
Meanwhile, here are some facts: The U.S. national anthem is a tribute to the American flag; it is not an ode for or against slavery.
The Star-Spangled Banner was written by Francis Scott Key in 1814 to memorialize the Battle of Baltimore at Fort McHenry during the War of 1812.
The War of 1812 was between British and American forces and their allies. They were not fighting over slavery.
When writing the “Star Spangled Banner,” Key recalled being filled with awe after noticing that the American flag (i.e., the “star-spangled banner”) at Fort McHenry had survived an 1,800-bomb assault.
Moreover, the music for the Star Spangled Banner was composed by John Stafford Smith in 1773 — almost a century before the Civil War. Trying to retroactively tie the national anthem to the pro-slavery movement defies logic.
So what’s next? Should we tear down the White House (which Barack Obama blithely lived in for eight years) since it was partly built by slaves?
Check out these coal miners in West Virginia, who bow their heads in respect for the national anthem every morning before they head underground for a hard day at work.
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