Why California NAACP wants ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ removed as national anthem

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The California chapter of the NAACP has called “The Star-Spangled Banner” a “racist” and “anti-black” song, and says it will call on Congress to remove it as the national anthem, The Sacramento Bee reported.

At issue is a portion of the third verse of “The Star-Spangled Banner” — which is rarely sung beyond its first verse at major sporting events — that reads: “No refuge could save the hireling and slave from the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave.”

Congress enshrined “The Star-Spangled Banner” as the national anthem in 1931.

Full Article: LA Times

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