Is the National Anthem Racist?

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    Beyond the Debate Over Colin Kaepernick


    The continuing refusal by the San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to stand during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” before games has set off a debate about patriotism, protest and professional sports. But it has also raised another fraught question: Is our national anthem itself racist?

    The journalist Jon Schwarz, writing in The Intercept, argued yes, denouncing the lyrics, written by Francis Scott Key during the War of 1812, as “a celebration of slavery.” How could black players, Mr. Schwarz asked, be expected to stand for a song whose rarely sung third stanza — which includes the lines “No refuge could save the hireling and slave/From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave” — “literally celebrates the murder of African-Americans”?

    More: Is the National Anthem Racist? Beyond the Debate Over Colin Kaepernick

    It could certainly be interpreted as racist. What do you think?
     
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    In the case of our national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” perhaps not knowing the full lyrics is a good thing. It is one of the most racist, pro-slavery, anti-black songs in the American lexicon, and you would be wise to cut it from your Fourth of July playlist.

    More: Star-Spangled Bigotry: The Hidden Racist History of the National Anthem

    Some interesting food for thought.
     
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    O say can you see, by the dawn's early light,
    What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming,
    Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
    O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
    And the rockets' red glare, the bombs 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 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.

    O thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
    Between their loved homes and the war's desolation.
    Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the Heav'n rescued land
    Praise the Power that hath made and preserved 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![26]

    The Star-Spangled Banner - Wikipedia

    The entire national anthem.
     
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    Apparently pubic hair on his head is pissing him off. In all seriousness, he looks like a mid-east suicide bomber type. Is he a good athlete?
     
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    Originally titled The Battle for Fort McHenry.

    Not everything is about black people.
     
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    You should get that published.

    Then Trump will win 35 States in 2020, instead of 30.

    Whites are fed up with this entire racist crap. The Illegals, the Beaners,
    the Jaboni's...the fuckin' ragheads. The whining of every frickin' one
    of them is not being tolerated anymore.

    We're done with that shit.
     
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    It has become much more than just about Colin Kaepernick. It has also opened my eyes. I originally just thought Kaepernick was being a jerk, but now - not so much.
     
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    Absolutely.

    Observing that the American flag was still flying over Fort McHenry after the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812 is racist.

    Very very racist.
     
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    Get used to it. Whites will soon be a minority.
     
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    Black players should be ordered to kneel before their betters.
     
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