The all-out assault on the cultural founding of America is continuing, as Marxist Leftists from all sectors of society continue their attack on our history, traditional values and mores.
As tens of millions of Americans are outraged over renewed protests against the National Anthem, one “activist journalist” (aren’t all establishment journalists activists?) wants to get rid of “The Star-Spangled Banner” altogether is replace it with a tune from a late former Beatle.
In an increasingly anti-racist era when problematic iconography — ranging from Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben to even the Dukes of Hazzard General Lee car and country band Lady Antebellum’s name — is being reassessed, revised or retired, America’s national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” seems to be striking a wrong note.
Last week, protesters in San Francisco toppled a statue of the song’s composer, Francis Scott Key, a known slaveholder who once said that African Americans were “a distinct and inferior race of people, which all experience proves to be the greatest evil that afflicts a community.”
The report went on to note that “Afro-Latinx” student Liana Morales at New York’s Urban Assembly School for the Performing Arts refused to sing the National Anthem at her virtual graduation because (wait for it) “I’m being complicit to a system that has oppressed people of color.”
She literally said this while attending an upper-level college prep school within the NYC school system. How ‘oppressed.’
In any event, the idea to ditch our National Anthem is spreading, Yahoo! News noted. “Activist and journalist” Kevin Powell argues: “‘The Star-Spangled Banner was written by Francis Scott Key, who was literally born into a wealthy, slave-holding family in Maryland.”
Continuing, Powell says, “He was a very well-to-do lawyer in Washington, D.C., and eventually became very close to President Andrew Jackson, who was the Donald Trump of his time, which means that there was a lot of hate and violence and division. At that time, there were attacks on Native Americans and Black folks — both free Black folks and folks who were slaves — and Francis Scott Key was very much a part of that. He was also the brother-in-law of someone who became a Supreme Court justice, Roger Taney, who also had a very hardcore policy around slavery. And so, all of that is problematic.”
He goes on to say that Key, as a lawyer, “prosecuted abolitionists, both white and Black folks who wanted slavery to end, says that this is someone who really did not believe in freedom for all people. And yet, we celebrate him with this national anthem, every time we sing it.”
Left out of Powell’s little history review was the fact that Key literally wrote the anthem while captive aboard a British warship in Baltimore Harbor as it was shelling American Ft. McHenry. Or that the U.S. was at war with Britain at the time – because Britain had been detaining American merchant ships and pressing American sailors into His Majesty’s service.
Here’s the thing: History is just that, history. Slavery is gone, segregation is gone (though some black Leftists want it to return), and our society has matured. The National Anthem is a celebration of America, not Key.
And ultimately, if someone doesn’t want to sing it, then find – don’t.
So, what would Powell recommend we sing? John Lennon’s “Imagine,” which he says is the most beautiful, unifying, all-people, all-backgrounds-together kind of song you could have.”
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