The NAACP has launched a marketing campaign to drive Congress to ban The Star-Spangled Banner and take away it as our nationwide anthem – as a result of it’s “racist”.
The group final week started circulating two resolutions that handed at its convention in October: one urging Congress to rescind “one of the vital racist, pro-slavery, anti-black songs within the American lexicon” because the nationwide anthem, and one other in assist of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who launched a protest motion by kneeling when “The Star-Spangled Banner” was performed earlier than video games.
“We owe a whole lot of it to Kaepernick,” California NAACP President Alice Huffman stated.
“I feel all this controversy concerning the knee will go away as soon as the track is eliminated.”
Sacramento Bee reports: The kneeling protests have drawn consideration to an infrequently-sung third verse from “The Star-Spangled Banner,” which incorporates the passage:
Their blood has wash’d out their foul footstep’s air pollution.
No refuge may save the hireling and slave
From the phobia of flight or the gloom of the grave
Some interpretations of the lyrics conclude that they rejoice the deaths of black American slaves who joined British troops in the course of the Warfare of 1812 to realize their freedom. Francis Scott Key, who wrote the lyrics of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” was a slave proprietor and fierce opponent of abolition who could have sparked the primary race riot in Washington, D.C.
Huffman stated Congress, which adopted “The Star-Spangled Banner” because the nationwide anthem in 1931, ought to discover a alternative that isn’t “one other track that disenfranchises a part of the American inhabitants.”
She drafted the NAACP’s resolutions this fall after President Donald Trump prompt NFL homeowners ought to fireplace any “son of a bitch” who doesn’t stand for the anthem. The second decision calls on Congress to censure Trump for his remarks, and asks NFL groups to discover a spot for Kaepernick, who some consider was blacklisted over the protests.
“Trump acquired in the midst of it. He blew it out of proportion,” Huffman stated.
The California NAACP remains to be in search of legislative sponsors for the resolutions. Assemblyman Chris Holden, a Pasadena Democrat who chairs the California Legislative Black Caucus, didn’t reply to a request to debate the measures.
However a minimum of one lawmaker is already opposed.
“Our flag and nationwide anthem unite us as People,” Assemblyman Travis Allen, a Huntington Seashore Republican who’s operating for governor, stated in an announcement. “Protesting our flag and nationwide anthem sows division and disrespects the varied People who’ve proudly fought and died for our nation. Actual social change can solely occur if we work collectively as People first.”