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California NAACP wants Congress to replace 'racist, pro-slavery' national anthem

The California NAACP wants Congress to change the national anthem to another song besides "The Star-Spangled Banner." (VANO SHLAMOV/AFP/Getty Images)

The California chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is calling on Congress to change the national anthem.

The NAACP passed a resolution in October calling the song “one of the most racist, pro-slavery, anti-black songs in the American lexicon.”

What do they say is wrong with ‘The Star-Spangled Banner?’

Some lyrics in the third verse. Specifically:

“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.”

These lines are thought to refer to black American slaves who fought for the British during the War of 1812 in hopes of winning their freedom.

Francis Scott Key, who wrote “The Star-Spangled Banner,” was a slave owner who opposed freeing the slaves.

Key said African-Americans were “a distinct and inferior race of people, which all experience proves to be the greatest evil that afflicts a community.”

What do they think this will accomplish?

California NAACP President Alice Huffman said the NFL’s protest controversy would be solved by changing the anthem to something else.

“I think all this controversy about the knee will go away once the song is removed,” Huffman said.

So, Huffman proposes Congress finds a replacement, and not “another song that disenfranchises part of the American population.”

What has the response been?

There are not yet any legislative sponsors for the resolution. But, there is one opponent: Assemblyman and gubernatorial candidate Travis Allen.

“Our flag and national anthem unite us as Americans,” Allen said. “Protesting our flag and national anthem sows division and disrespects the diverse Americans who have proudly fought and died for our country. Real social change can only happen if we work together as Americans first."

(H/T Sacramento Bee)

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