An oft-asked question about the liberal movement to tear down America as we know it is, “Where Does It End?” I believe we now have our answer–it doesn’t. This week, the California NAACP decided it wants a new national anthem because it says “The Star-Spangled Banner” is racist. At their state convention, they called our national anthem “one of the most racist, pro-slavery, anti-black songs in the American lexicon”
California NAACP President Alice Huffman believes the entire NFL taking a knee controversy is caused by the “racist’ national anthem.
“We owe a lot of it to Kaepernick. I think all this controversy about the knee will go away once the song is removed.”
At issue is the third verse of the national anthem.
Star Spangled Banner has four verses. Although I never heard anyone sing beyond the first verse on rare occasions all four verses are chanted. The NAACP is pointing specifically at part of the third verse:
And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion,
A home and a country, should leave us no more?
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave,
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
In the supposedly offensive verse, Francis Scott Key was not glorifying slavery, he was putting down the British Soldiers who generally consisted of people in one of two groups. Hired full-time soldiers, derisively called hirelings (people who are employed to do menial tasks), and the second group was the Colonial Marines, British forces made up of freed slaves. So what Key’s words in the verse rarely sung is meant to put down America’s enemy in the war that motivated him to write the poem which became our national anthem…