It Starts! California Wants to Nix ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ as National Anthem
The California NAACP deems the National Anthem is “racist” and “anti-black” and now a battalion of social justice warriors is targeting the Star-Spangled Banner.
When California lawmakers return to the Capitol in January, the state chapter of the NAACP will be seeking their support for a campaign to remove “The Star-Spangled Banner” as the national anthem.
The organization last week began circulating among legislative offices two resolutions that passed at its state conference in October.
One is urging Congress to rescind “one of the most racist, pro-slavery, anti-black songs in the American lexicon” as the national anthem.
Another is in support of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who launched a protest movement against police brutality among professional athletes by kneeling when “The Star-Spangled Banner” was played before games.
“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.”
The kneeling protests have drawn attention to an infrequently-sung third verse from “The Star-Spangled Banner,” which includes the passage:
Their blood has wash’d out their foul footstep’s pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave
Some interpretations of 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. Francis Scott Key, who wrote the lyrics of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” was a slave owner and fierce opponent of abolition who may have sparked the first race riot in Washington, D.C.
Huffman said Congress, which adopted “The Star-Spangled Banner” as the national anthem in 1931, should find a replacement that is not “another song that disenfranchises part of the American population.”
She drafted the NAACP’s resolutions this fall after President Donald Trump suggested NFL owners should fire any “son of a bitch” who doesn’t stand for the anthem. The second resolution calls on Congress to censure Trump for his remarks, and asks NFL teams to find a spot for Kaepernick, who some believe was blacklisted over the protests.
“Trump got in the middle of it. He blew it out of proportion,” Huffman said.
The California NAACP is still looking for legislative sponsors for the resolutions. Assemblyman Chris Holden, a Pasadena Democrat who chairs the California Legislative Black Caucus, did not respond to a request to discuss the measures.
But at least one lawmaker is already opposed.
“Our flag and national anthem unite us as Americans,” Assemblyman Travis Allen, a Huntington Beach Republican who is running for governor, said in a statement. “Protesting our flag and national anthem sows division and disrespects the diverse Americans who have proudly fought and died for our country. Real social change can only happen if we work together as Americans first.”
I really wonder why this issue was never brought up during the 8 years of Barack Obama’s administration? It’s not like a different set of words were being sung between January 2009 and January 2017.
Should the state’s representatives agree to take the next step, the move would likely to increase California’s reputation as the…nuttiest and most unpopular state in the nation. We would be the Hillary Clinton of states!
The response is what you would expect, at least from those with a basic knowledge of history, civics and decency.
California NAACP is offended by the National Anthem The Star Spangled Banner. I'm offended by their stupidity, race baiting, and blind loyalty to the Demokkkrats. I love my anthem and my POTUS Donald Trump. So those NFL idiots kneeling was against the anthem after all eh??
— Elder Lansing (@ElderLansing) November 9, 2017
Don't like our flag, LEAVE, don't like our national anthem, LEAVE. Don't like our constitution LEAVE. Don't like or laws and way of life LEAVE.
YOURE NOT A TREE, GO.https://t.co/2jOMIrB9MG
— ?? Hanna ?? (@polishprincessh) November 8, 2017
While Francis Scott Key composed the words in 1814, after witnessing the massive overnight British bombardment of Fort McHenry in Maryland during the War of 1812, and the music came later.
Throughout the 19th century, the song was treated as the de facto anthem by most branches of the U.S. military. In 1916, an executive order by President Woodrow Wilson formally designated as such. In March 1931, Congress passed an act confirming Wilson’s presidential order, then President Hoover signed it into law.
The main complaints about the anthem to this point is that it is hard to sing and it is hard to memorize the words. However, in the unlikely event that Congress agrees to this California NAACP stupidity, you can be sure that the group will find something racist about the next tune offered.
Additionally. I suspect many Americans would consider giving California the NFL treatment. While the state’s tourism industry has grown in the past 7 years, there are 49 states that also have amazing sites and less social justice craziness.