NAACP Chapter Wants 'The Star-Spangled Banner' Replaced

California NAACP Wants “Racist” Star-Spangled-Banner Removed As National Anthem

California NAACP Wants “Racist” Star-Spangled-Banner Removed As National Anthem

This is about a song that should never have been the national anthem.

The California chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) wants the national anthem to be changed, because "The Star-Spangled Banner" is racist.

As quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, Colin Kaepernick started the National Football League protests during the anthem that quickly spread to bring attention to racial injustice in the country. "No refuge could save the hireling and slave from the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave", reads the third stanza of the song.

Some have interpreted the verse to be an expression of disdain for the black slaves who, upon the promise of freedom, fought alongside British Forces in the War of 1812. "If we're going to talk about a song that's supposed to represent all people, let's really be serious about what we're talking about, or what is being sung", Hasson added.

"I'm embarrassed that I have participated in supporting this song since I was a child", Huffman told Bustle.

"Wouldn't you love to see one of these National Football League owners, when somebody disrespects our flay, to say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, '" Trump asked the crowd at a September 22 rally for Alabama Republican Senate candidate Luther Strange. "For these reasons and more, we are calling for this song to be removed as the National Anthem". In September, Trump urged National Football League owners to fire players who refuse to stand for the anthem.

The organization is looking for legislative sponsors for those resolutions. They hope California lawmakers will forward it to Congress.

Huffman said that the protests led her to look at the lyrics of "The Star-Spangled Banner", especially the parts of the anthem Americans don't typically sing.

According to California NAACP President Alice Huffman, some of the song - written by slave owner Francis Scott Key - is racist, reports KOVR-TV. "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".

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