(National Sentinel) Activism: The California chapter of the NAACP says the national anthem is a “racist” screed and ought to be replaced with something else.
Alice Huffman, president of the California chapter of the NAACP, said “The Star-Spangled Banner” is “racist” and that it “doesn’t represent our community. It’s anti-black people.”
She cited the song’s third verse, which is rarely sang. It states, “no refuge could save the hireling and slave from the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave.”
When Francis Scott Key wrote the song while captive aboard a British warship as the fleet fired upon Fort McHenry in 1814, slavery was legal in the U.S.
Key, an amatuer poet from Maryland, first titled his piece, “The Defence of Fort McHenry,” but it was later set to music and became the national anthem.
The California NAACP’s call comes as protests surrounding the national anthem — at sports venues, in entertainment and elsewhere — have become a focal point of the “culture war.”
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