California NAACP Wants To Remove 'Racist' Star-Spangled Banner As National Anthem

Lynette Rowe
November 12, 2017

The California NAACP is forwarding a resolution to state lawmakers that seeks to remove "The Star-Spangled Banner" as the national anthem.

"Most Americans only know the first part of the song but Key added a third stanza to the song right after America lost the battle in 1815 decrying the former slaves who were now working for the British army", said California Hawaii NAACP President Alice Huffman.

A third, rarely sung verse of the anthem refers to "the hireling and slave", and many have interpreted the song's lyrics as racist. The three resolutions are: I. Resolution calling for the removal from Congress the resolution making the star-spangled banner the National Anthem II. "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".

The organization also passed a resolution to support Colin Kaepernick and censure President Donald Trump for comments he made to players who knelt during the national anthem. Then it got embroiled in culture wars. What started as a silent protest by Colin Kaepernick became an issue that is usually separated along racial lines.

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Kaepernick and his defenders say the protest is legitimate because the anthem is a "celebration" of slavery in America.

One solution to end the protest? "I think all this controversy about the knee will go away once the song is removed". "He blew it out of proportion", Huffman told the Bee.

Could getting rid of "The Star-Spangled Banner" help resolve the national anthem protest?

Trump was harshly critical of Kaepernick during his campaign, and recently called for National Football League owners to fire players who participate in the protest.

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