CA NAACP Wants To Remove ‘Racist’ Star-Spangled Banner As National Anthem
This is just freaking insane. These people don’t know any history whatsoever. The California NAACP wants to remove the ‘racist’ Star-Spangled Banner as our National Anthem. Why? They keep referring to the third stanza in the anthem which is rarely sung:
“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.”
As far as I can tell it’s the word ‘slave’ that sets them off. What the stanza is conveying is that even the most vulnerable among us — slaves and hirelings — were not safe from the brutalities of war. That doesn’t promote slavery whatsoever. ‘Hireling’ means basically ’employee’. So, I have no idea why these leftists and black nationalists have their panties in a wad over all this. Francis Scott Key did own slaves, but towards the end of his life worked to abolish slavery just as so many of the Founding Fathers did. Some are claiming the lyrics conclude that they celebrate the deaths of black American slaves who joined British troops during the War of 1812 to gain their freedom. That’s bull crap.
Key purchased his first slave in 1800 or 1801 and owned six slaves by 1820. In the 1830s, Key set free seven slaves, one of whom (Clem Johnson) continued to work for him for wages as his farm’s foreman, supervising several slaves. Throughout his career, Key also represented several slaves seeking their freedom in court – pro bono (for free), as well as several masters seeking return of their runaway slaves. Key, Judge William Leigh of Halifax and Bishop William Meade were administrators of the will of their friend John Randolph of Roanoke, who died without children and left a will directing his executors to free his more than four hundred slaves.
Over the next decade, beginning in 1833, the administrators fought to enforce the will and provide the freed slaves land to support themselves. Key publicly criticized slavery’s cruelties, so much that after his death a newspaper editorial stated: “So actively hostile was he to the peculiar institution that he was called ‘The Nigger Lawyer’ …. because he often volunteered to defend the downtrodden sons and daughters of Africa. Mr. Key convinced me that slavery was wrong—radically wrong.” In June 1842, Key attended the funeral of William Costin, a free, mixed race resident who had challenged Washington’s surety bond laws.
Key was a founding member and active leader of the American Colonization Society and its predecessor, the influential Maryland branch, the primary goal of which was to send free African-Americans back to Africa. However, he was removed from the board in 1833 as its policies shifted toward abolitionist. And that’s the story of Francis Scott Key who wrote our National Anthem.
The story of the Star Spangled Banner is one we should all know. During the War of 1812, Key, accompanied by the British Prisoner Exchange Agent Colonel John Stuart Skinner, dined aboard the British ship HMS Tonnant as the guests of three British officers: Vice Admiral Alexander Cochrane, Rear Admiral George Cockburn and Major General Robert Ross. Skinner and Key were there to negotiate the release of prisoners, one of whom was Dr. William Beanes, a resident of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, who had been arrested after jailing marauding British troops who were looting local farms. Skinner, Key and Beanes were not allowed to return to their own sloop because they had become familiar with the strength and position of the British units and with the British intent to attack Baltimore. Thus, Key was unable to do anything but watch the bombarding of the American forces at Fort McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore on the night of September 13–14, 1814.
At dawn, Key was able to see an American flag still waving. Back in Baltimore and inspired, he wrote a poem about his experience, “Defence of Fort M’Henry,” which was soon published in William Pechin’s American and Commercial Daily Advertiser on September 21, 1814. He took it to Thomas Carr, a music publisher, who adapted it to the rhythms of composer John Stafford Smith’s “To Anacreon in Heaven,” a popular tune Key had already used as a setting for his 1805-song “When the Warrior Returns,” celebrating U.S. heroes of the First Barbary War. It has become better known as “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Though somewhat difficult to sing, it became increasingly popular, competing with “Hail, Columbia” (1796) as the de facto National Anthem by the time of the Mexican–American War and American Civil War. More than a century after its first publication, the song was adopted as the American National Anthem, first by an Executive Order from President Woodrow Wilson in 1916 and then by a Congressional resolution in 1931, signed by President Herbert Hoover.
So, you see the song is rich in our history and it is not meant as an homage to slavery. But the NAACP wants it removed because of the word ‘slave’. Their first target is communist California, where it will be easier to accomplish. The NAACP is calling the National Anthem a ‘racist song’. Alice Huffman, the president of the California chapter of the NAACP, said the song is “racist” and that it “doesn’t represent our community. It’s anti-black people.” That is simply a lie.
When the song was written in 1814, slavery was still legal in the United States. And yet, it does not promote slavery. This is yet another poisonous gift from Colin Kaepernick and Black Lives Matter. Much in the same way they want the police and prisons done away with, as well as the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, these radicals want to start with the National Anthem. It is part of their “culture war.” “We owe a lot of it to Kaepernick,” California NAACP President Alice Huffman said. “I think all this controversy about the knee will go away once the song is removed.” And they’ll move on to the Constitution.