California NAACP Proposes Removing National Anthem

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Is it time to get rid of our National Anthem?

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  2. No

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    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 urging Congress to rescind “one of the most racist, pro-slavery, anti-black songs in the American lexicon” as the national anthem, and another 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.

    California NAACP: Remove Star-Spangled Banner As National Anthem

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    I'd rather see the NAACP removed. Along with all its members and supporters.
     
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    Good to see Calif has solved soaring crime, crumbling infrastructure, enormous debt and unaffordable housing and can now focus on important issues.
     
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    Group Calling National Anthem Lyrics Racist, Anti-Black

    This is obviously not an isolated incident, although some will try to make it out to be. It's a natural manifestation of a movement to eliminate as many long-time American public traditions and displays as possible.

    If you agree, please do more than just spin, deflect and attack. Please make your case for this clearly.
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    Removing the Star Spangled Banner's status as the U.S. national anthem is an absurd pursuit because were that objective achieved, a different song would replace it and people then would in turn "take a knee" to the new national anthem.

    O say can you see, by the dawn's early light,
    What so proudly we hail'd at the twilight's last gleaming,
    Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight
    O'er the ramparts we watch'd were so gallantly streaming?
    And the rocket's red glare, the bomb bursting in air,
    Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there,
    O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
    O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

    On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep
    Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
    What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
    As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
    Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
    In full glory reflected now shines in the stream,
    'Tis the star-spangled banner - O long may it wave
    O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

    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 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,
    And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
    O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

    O thus be it ever when freemen shall stand
    Between their lov'd home and the war's desolation!
    Blest with vict'ry and peace may the heav'n rescued land
    Praise the power that hath made and preserv'd us a nation!
    Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
    And this be our motto - "In God is our trust,"
    And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
    O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
    -- Francis Scott Key, Star Spangled Banner

    Anyone reading the poem will see the song itself is not what people take exception with. There's nothing there with with to take umbrage. That the poem is the national anthem for a nation that some individuals see as suffused with a great injustice is, and what set of verse be accorded national anthem status isn't going to alter that. So kneeling to "this" song instead of "that" one says what of substance? Nothing. The substance is found in the when and reason(s) why people decline to stand, not in to what song they kneel.


    .... O! be some other name:
    What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
    By any other name would smell as sweet;
    -- William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, Act II, Scene II​
     
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    I voted "No", by the way....
     
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    I voted "Yes". I say we replace it with something more appropriate like "Fuck Tha Police".

    Fuck tha' police comin' straight from tha' underground. Young nigga got it bad cuz I'm brown...
     
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    No support yet, huh?
     

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