NAACP wants national anthem banned due to its racist lyrics against Blacks

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The national anthem has become a political tool since Trump’s attack on NFL players who choose to protest. What started as a silent protest by Colin Kaepernick became an issue that is usually separated along racial lines.

But the national anthem is drenched in racism against Blacks. And due to the racist lyrics, the NAACP is hoping to get the national anthem removed. The lyrics in question occur in the third stanza of the “Star Spangled Banner.”

“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 washed out their foul footsteps’ 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.”

The racist lyrics often go ignored, but the NAACP believe its time that the song be removed.

Following Kaepernick’s protest, he was blackballed from the NFL as quarterbacks with less talent have been signed in 2017. NFL owners such as Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys warned his players against protesting. And the the Texans owner Bob McNair caught flack when he compared NFL players to inmates during a meeting about player protests.

Although it’s unlikely that the national anthem will be completely removed anytime soon, it’s important for the NAACP to reveal the truth about America’s ugly past when it comes to race.

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Follow his journey on Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.


  • nosey rosy
    November 9, 2017

    i never heard that lyric in that song , so they musta left it out however , all of them got ancestry slave issues , they all NFA , is on crack if they think we just gonna support a sport that has bashed our race , bashed our men , and continue not to make amend for the people offended the players . how dare them….
    we want back down , they either comply with the standards of those men are good dam bye .
    tired of them , fighting a war that cant be won . and why are whites still fighting us for basic rights , drinking eating enjoying life? why do a team of men who bring joy and fun to america have to be disrespected by .. this organization? whom is built up of white men .. only black men you see other then the players are the COMMENTATORS ON THE GAME . MICHEAL STRAHAN ETC .

    THEY realized a while ago that they needed black coaches and black commentators , cause blacks deserve those jobs and plus the teams are 88 percent black anyway s so why not ..
    keapernick has been dogged by these people . and the they pushing the knife farther if all of us can see that . and they keep doing bs . instead of bringing him back into the game . it didnt stop the knee bending either .. . he did what he felt was right . and it was

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