Published: Thu, November 09, 2017
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

California NAACP seeks to remove 'Star-Spangled Banner' as national anthem

California NAACP seeks to remove 'Star-Spangled Banner' as national anthem

She points to the third stanza which includes the lyric, "No refuge could save the hireling and slave from the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave".

Many believe that the lyrics, written by Francis Scott Key, promote the killing of slaves who tried to gain freedom by fighting with British troops during the War of 1812. But Muwakkil said replacing the "Star-Spangled Banner" as the national anthem isn't an issue he will pursue. "I think all this controversy about the knee will go away once the song is removed".

Now-unemployed substandard football player Colin Kaepernick launched his pre-game protests kneeling during the anthem, to draw attention to alleged racial injustice, but then attention shifted to the national anthem and the American flag, Huffman asserted.

"It's racist; it doesn't represent our community, it's anti-black", she said. "It's anti-black people", Ms. Huffman told CBS13 Sacramento. "If we're going to talk about a song that's supposed to represent all people, let's really be serious about what we're talking about, or what is being sung", Hasson added.


"The social context of the song comes from the age of slavery, but the song itself isn't about slavery, and it doesn't treat whites differently from blacks", Mr. Clague told The New York Times in a September 2016 interview. "The American forces included African-Americans as well as whites".

Huffman also said of Kaepernick and his decision to protest during the anthem last season: "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".

A separate resolution by the California NAACP calls on Congress to censure President Trump for his remarks about firing those who don't stand for the anthem.

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