California NAACP wants to remove "Star Spangled Banner" as National Anthem

California NAACP wants to remove

California NAACP wants to remove "Star Spangled Banner" as National Anthem

It's in the third verse, which includes the lyric "no refuge could save the hireling and slave from the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave".

California's NAACP is urging state lawmakers to support a campaign to remove "The Star Spangled Banner" as the country's national anthem, according to The Sacramento Bee. "In order to move forward, we got to look back, but we also got to go, 'OK, where do we want to go from here, and I feel that the discussion is up for debate for sure, a civil debate if we can have that", said Burbank resident Nick Murphy. Kaepernick played for the San Francisco 49ers and kneeled in protest of police brutality against African-Americans. "It doesn't represent our community. It's anti-black people", Ms. Huffman told CBS13 Sacramento.

"No one has ever seen any racial overtones. I have to stick with our traditions and our values and what we represent". "That's the argument that people made for Jim Crow".

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Marc Clague, musicologist of the University of MI and board chairman of the Star Spangled Music Foundation, has argued that the song is not racist. The NAACP interprets the verse as celebrating the deaths of black American slaves who joined British troops during the War of 1812 to gain their freedom.

The anthem's author, Francis Scott Key, who penned the lyrics about the battle of Fort McHenry, owned slaves in Maryland.

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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"This song is wrong". "It should never have been there, and just like we didn't have it until 1931, it won't kill us if it goes away".

"We're not trying to protest the flag at all", she said.

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