California NAACP says 'The Star-Spangled Banner' is racist

The California NAACP is urging "The Star-Spangled Banner" be removed as the national anthem, according to the Sacramento Bee. 

They called the song "one of the most racist, pro-slavery, anti-black songs in the American lexicon." 

The group is referencing a third verse that is rarely heard:

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

California NAACP President Alice Huffman has asked for the nation to replace the song with one that is not "another song that disenfranchises part of the American population," according to the Sacramento Bee. 

 


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