From: powerlineblog.com, by John Hinderaker, on Nov 8, 2017
Is the National Anthem racist?
There are several possible answers to this question:
1) Of course, because everything is racist.
2) It’s anyone’s guess. The word “racist” has no meaning.
3) Don’t be stupid.
“Yes” isn’t really on the list. Yet the California chapter of the NAACP is trying to get rid of the National Anthem:
The California NAACP is pushing to get rid of the national anthem that they’re calling racist and anti-black.
“This song is wrong; it shouldn’t have been there, we didn’t have it ’til 1931, so it won’t kill us if it goes away,” said the organization’s president Alice Huffman.
You probably have heard something about this faux controversy. It relates to the third stanza of the Anthem, which hardly anyone has ever heard sung. Only recently have activists dredged up that long-forgotten stanza to make political hay out of it. It says:
And where is that band who so vauntingly swore,
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion
A home and a Country should leave us no more?
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,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
NAACP leader Alice Huffman says “…some interpretations conclude that the lyrics celebrate the deaths of black American slaves fighting for freedom.” If so, those interpretations are silly. The song celebrates the fact that “hireling[s] and slave[s]” who fought for the British lost the battle of Fort McHenry. The verse is no more anti-slave (let alone anti-Black) than it is anti-hireling. Francis Scott Key wasn’t expressing an opinion on mercenary armies or slavery, he was celebrating his country’s victory over those who fought for the British–whoever they may be–in the battle.
This is a good example of how the Left, in its ceaseless effort to divide Americans against each other, often shoots itself in the foot.
This is a really weak case of the anthem being considered racist. They had to dig down to the third stanza (which few even knew existed) and even then Ms. Huffman could only justify its racist label by saying that “some interpretations” conclude that it celebrates racism against blacks. That’s a stretch.
It’s ludicrous for the NAACP to call the anthem racist – but according to them, damn-near everything is racist. The anthem is loved my most of America’s citizens and is perhaps our most patriotic icon next to the flag, but the NAACP wouldn’t know anything about that, they’ve devolved to one of the most un-American organizations in the country. In a truly blind society, they wouldn’t even exist any longer since “colored people” have gone the way of the dodo bird.
The America that we’ve known and loved is under attack. It’s under attack by leftist, racist blacks like this California NAACP group and the NFL players who disrespected our anthem and flag by not showing proper respect for a national icon. We’ve seen statues representing heroes of our Civil War removed because racist black activists complained that they celebrated racism. Racism (at least white racism) was on its deathbed and terminally ill until Barack Obama was elected. Under the racist administration of president Obama, racism by blacks has flourished and is growing daily. Black activists are busily labeling anything they don’t like as racist, but the slur doesn’t carry the weight that it once did since its overuse has rendered it impotent. It’s primarily the blacks who are the racists today and that shows up in our colleges and universities as well.
They’re doing themselves a disservice as well as fomenting resentment in the country but those who are guilty of it are unlikely to quit – it is their only claim to fame.