California NAACP Urges Star-Spangled Banner Removal

California NAACP Urges Star-Spangled Banner Removal

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“The Star-Spangled Banner” is racist, claims the California NAACP, so they’re pushing to have it removed as the national anthem.

The days of old may be coming to an end when you head the Star-Spangled Banner at a sporting event in California. Read on to see why the NAACP wants the Star-Spangled Banner removed…

California NAACP Urges Star-Spangled Banner Removal

CelebNSports247.com has learned that the California NAACP is urging “The Star-Spangled Banner” to be removed from all sporting events.

Free agent NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick is the man who started the kneeling during the “The Star-Spangled Banner” – in an effort to speak for social injustice and racial discrimination. CelebNSports247.com first broke the news back in 2016 in support of Kaep’s movement which grew to involve dozens of NFL players.

Now that the controversy is at an all time high, the NAACP is stepping in.  The California NAACP President Alice Huffman has asked for the nation to replace the song with one that is not “another song that disenfranchises part of the American population,” according to the Sacramento Bee.

Well the California NAACP is standing behind him since the NFL has continued to lock him out for landing a QB position on any team. Since then, the NFL has been embroiled in a national controversy, especially now, as many players have continued to kneel in support of Kaep’s movement.

Of course, President 45 had a few things to say and none of it was good. He basically condemned players as being disrespectful for kneeling for the anthem.

Now, the California NAACP has turned up the heat by urging Congress to remove the song as the national anthem.

California NAACP Urges Star-Spangled Banner Removal

They’re calling the anthem “one of the most racist, pro-slavery, anti-black songs in the American lexicon.”

Before you sit there and ask why or how? Let us explain:

Most Americans are only familiar with the first verse that is sung at NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL games. Most Americans aren’t aware that a man named, Francis Scott Key, a poet and Lawyer in 1800s wrote a poem that was turned into our national anthem. He wrote a poem entitled “The Defence of Fort McHenry” in 1814, which became the Star-Spangled Banner.

From there, the poem was set to the tune of a popular British song written by John Stafford Smith for the Anacreontic Society, a men’s social club in London. Then, Key’s poem and renamed “The Star-Spangled Banner”, it soon became a well-known American patriotic song. In 1889 “The Star-Spangled Banner” was recognized for official use by the United States Navy. On March 3, 1931, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson declared the song the national anthem by a congressional resolution. President Herbert Hoover signed the declaration of the song, so it became the national anthem.

The part of the Star-Spangled Banner that is declared racist is the second and third verse which is the worst. But if America is only using the first verse, is the national anthem racist?

Well the NAACP is saying yes, and here is why.

It’s the simple fact that the song was written by a man who was about as pro-slavery, anti-black and anti-abolitionist as you could get at the time.

The Root reports:

“Francis Scott Key was an enlightened men at the time, not against slavery; he just thought that since blacks were mentally inferior, masters should treat them with more Christian kindness. He supported sending free blacks (not slaves) back to Africa and, with a few exceptions, was about as pro-slavery, anti-black and anti-abolitionist as you could get at the time.”

California NAACP Urges Star-Spangled Banner Removal

Here are the lyrics to the Star-Spangled Banner:

“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 rocket’s 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!”

CelebNSports247.com’s opinion:

“We bet our four fathers NEVER saw this day coming? They NEVER saw an America with white, black, and brown people living together, dating and mixing races. We are so glad that we are alive today and not back then. Segregation is disgusting and if anyone still believes in it, then they should leave America and go some where its more white!

As for the national anthem, maybe its time for change. If they write a new song, as long as it does NOT involve a hip hop artist we’re cool. No one wants a rap song as our national anthem except a rapper. It needs to be folk or country with the land of the free for all races. The color of skin should not be depicted in the new song, but it needs to come from a poem like someone like Maya Angelou, Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes,  or somebody woke, but NOT too woke!”

The only thing we want to know is this, “do all the football players kneeling know why they are kneeling? Do they know this history? Does American’s truly understand the movement? Does President 45 get it?

Those are serious questions that NEED to be answered, because what is next the American flag?

Photos: Getty/Instagram

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