Remove 'The Star-Spangled Banner' as national anthem, California NAACP urges

Remove 'The Star-Spangled Banner' as national anthem, California NAACP urges

Remove 'The Star-Spangled Banner' as national anthem, California NAACP urges

"It's racist. It doesn't represent our community".

The group says the song is "one of the most racist, pro-slavery, anti-black songs in the American lexicon".

The verse is thought to refer to African-American slaves who fought for the British during the War of 1812 in hopes of winning their freedom. "It's anti-black people".

One of the resolutions was to support the removal of the anthem, while the other is an effort to get the National Football League to fit former player Colin Kaepernick onto a team.

"No one has ever seen any racial overtones".

"The Star-Spangled Banner" has been the US national anthem since 1931 after former President Herbert Hoover signed a congressional resolution making it the official song of the country.

Marc Clague, musicologist of the University of MI and board chairman of the Star Spangled Music Foundation, has argued that the song is not racist.

"The message got distorted, the real intentions got overlooked, it became something that's dividing us, and I'm looking for something to bring us back together", she claimed. "The term 'freemen, ' whose heroism is celebrated in the fourth stanza, would have encompassed both".

Resolution supporting the protest highlighted by Colin Kaepernick and to censure the outrageous behavior of President Donald Trump III. Francis Scott Key, who wrote the lyrics of "The Star-Spangled Banner", was a slave owner and fierce opponent of abolition who may have sparked the first race riot in Washington, D.C.

The California NAACP is still seeking legislative sponsors to rescind "The Star-Spangled Banner". "It should never have been there, and just like we didn't have it until 1931, it won't kill us if it goes away".

Huffman said it may not solve anything, but it's a step toward social justice that she said is long overdue.

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