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See thats the difference. I do care. I educated myself on who wrote the song and why. Thats why I made sure my children never subscribed to the lies told by white historians. Because it always matters who you see as a hero. There are zero reasons to stick with a racist anthem simply because the dude was white. There are plenty of other songs that can be used for the anthem. The dude was a racist. He owned slaves and said Blacks were inferior. Its an open and closed case as far as I am concerned.I have no clue who wrote the song or what their personal views were nor do I care. I bet most people have no clue either. And guess what, neither do you. You read something somewhere about the songs writer so you might think you know but you really don’t unless you had first hand experience. It’s a wormhole that is pointless to go down unless you are trying to light a fire of hate and division. It’s a song. Different people interpret it differently. Pogo interprets it as an anthem that glorifies war, that’s fair, but I’d see it differently. I’ve always heard it and reflected on those who died so that we could have a free nation, as well as those who have historically sacrificed so that we can all be here to live this day. This includes service members, our ancestors and the many others that have contributed to this great country.I see no reason to falsely celebrate anyone that has done dirt. Maybe my standards are high but I dont apologize for that. I see that as a virtue. I think its not only more ridiculous to pretend these people were great patriots we should be worshipping, I think its dangerous and foolhardy. I think it sends a terrible message to kids. The truth should be known about all these false idols.Oh come on, that’s taking it a step too far. Are we really going to start digging into the personal views of every historical artist who created music, art, buildings and everything else that might still exist in today’s society and then dismiss everything that was created by the hands of people we think may have had unsavory personal views? That’s ridiculous.If there is a new anthem that would be great. However, since its author was a racist we need a new one. Besides there is zero reason to basically be praying to a flag.Thanks for the link. I hadn’t heard of the “Let’s listen together” initiative. I have heard of many of the player efforts that were highlighted in your link, which are all great causes. I hope they take it to the next level and create a better branding and marketing campaign around Let’s Listen Together. They should have a website, donation and volunteer opportunities, and clear measurable goals.There are hundreds of them. Just go online and google them.
NFL Network Highlights Series of Player Social Justice Initiatives | NFL Football Operations
Wouldn’t it be a great day if a goal could be defined and reached and on that Sunday both Cops and Players can all stand together during the anthem? That’s a goal that we should all get behind.
The anthem is not racist, it doesn’t stand for racism, it has no undertones or messages that reflect racial matters. It is what it is. You shouldn’t make more out of it than that
The anthem is definitely racist. It celebrates killing Black people that fought to free themselves from slavery. You cant get anymore racist than that.
There is no right and wrong way to interpret a song. You can decide to view it however you want. I just prefer to reflect on elements of this country that I love and respect when I hear the anthem and it makes it a beautiful experience.
Its not a question of the right or wrong way to interpret a song. The point is that there is no debate. He specifically celebrated the death of Blacks that fought for their freedom with the British. You would have to a lot of mental gymnastics to convince yourself thats not what he was saying. In the US Open they sang some patriotic song that sounded just fine. White people seem to want to hold onto the symbols and sounds of racist whites. Its amazing to me that this is even a point of discussion.