Monday, 20 November, 2017

California NAACP calls national anthem racist, wants it replaced

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
Frank Williams | 09 November, 2017, 19:03

A spokesperson for the NAACP tells Action News they can't say whether a lawmaker in Sacramento has yet to agree to support any or all of the resolutions, but the NAACP plans a big push to go to the State Capitol in January to make sure their resolutions are heard. "It doesn't represent our community".

California NAACP President Alice Huffman said the chapter was inspired by NFL player Colin Kaepernkick who came under fire previous year for kneeling during the national anthem at football games. "It's anti-black people".

He sparred over the issue on his Wednesday night show with University of Maryland professor Jason Nichols, who said that "we shouldn't argue tradition for tradition's sake".

She said some interpretations conclude that the lyrics celebrate the deaths of black American slaves fighting for freedom and the song should be replaced with something that supports all our values.

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The specific stanza that Huffman has issue with reads, "Their blood has wash'd out their foul footstep's pollution". Critics argue that the line celebrates the deaths of black US slaves who fought with the British during the War of 1812, while others say it condemns anyone who fought on the side of the British regardless of race.

Huffman said she wrote the resolutions after President Trump said National Football League owners should fire players who protest during the anthem. Key owned slaves and opposed the abolition movement.

The California NAACP is still looking for legislative sponsors for the resolutions.

"The Star-Spangled Banner" has been the US national anthem since 1931 after former President Herbert Hoover signed a congressional resolution making it the official song of the country. "It shouldn't have been there, we didn't have it 'til 1931", Ms. Huffman said.

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