If people thought things could not get any crazier coming from the state of California then this is going to blow your mind. The NAACP of California is pushing to get rid of the national anthem because in their words it is racist and anti-black.
According to the organization’s president Alice Huffman, “This song is wrong; it shouldn’t have been there, we didn’t have it ‘til 1931, so it won’t kill us if it goes away.”
To see her interview click here.
Let us not forget that all of this debate about the national anthem and flag was started in the NFL by Colin Kaepernick in attempt to bring attention to systemic racial injustice in the United States. I do agree that there is social injustice happening in the United States however I do believe that there is a time and a place for protesting but not a football field during the national anthem of the United States. But Huffman says Kaepernick’s message was lost when it turned into a debate about the flag.
“The message got distorted, the real intentions got overlooked, it became something that’s dividing us, and I’m looking for something to bring us back together.”
Alice Huffman also states that the protests did lead her to take a look at the lyrics of the “Star-Spangled Banner” especially the lyrics that we typically do not sing. And she claims that “It’s racist, it doesn’t represent our community, it’s anti-black.”
What Huffman is referring to the third stanza where it contains the lyric “no refuge could save the hireling and slave from the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave.” Below I have included the full the third stanza that is in question by Alice Huffman.
“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.”
Huffman claims that some interpretations conclude that the lyrics celebrate the deaths of black Americans slaves fighting for freedom, and that the song should be replaced with something that supports all of our values.
I do not know about you but for me I completely disagree with Alice Huffman’s opinion of the Star-Spangled Banner, it is not racist and is not anti-black. But it represents what the United Sates is as a nation of all races. And if you are saying the national anthem is racist then you need to check to see if you are the racist.