California NAACP pushes to have 'The Star-Spangled Banner' removed as national anthem

California NAACP pushes to have 'The Star-Spangled Banner' removed as national anthem

California NAACP pushes to have 'The Star-Spangled Banner' removed as national anthem

At its October state conference meeting, the NAACP passed a resolution attacking the "Star Spangled Banner" and calling it "one of the most racist, pro-slavery, anti-black songs in the American lexicon".

"We owe a lot of it to Kaepernick", said California NAACP President Alice Huffman, according to the Sacramento Bee.

She says there's a verse in the song, that isn't normally sung at events, that references slaves.

The California and Hawaii NAACP hope that California lawmakers forward the resolution on to Congress, and "The Star-Spangled Banner" is replaced with a more inclusive song. "So it won't kill us if it goes away". President Trump and supporters have insisted that National Football League players stand for the anthem before games.

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Opinion: The NFL had major headaches. What started as a silent protest by Colin Kaepernick became an issue that is usually separated along racial lines. Critics say everyone should stand and that those who refuse to do so are disrespecting the USA flag.

The organization justifies its criticism of the anthem because of the song's original third verse which was never included as the version approved by Congress as the country's national song.

Debate over whether "The Star-Spangled Banner" lauds slavery is not new, but it adds a new dimension to protests against the anthem that have roiled the NFL. "I believe that any individual that hears the song, that believes in the song should take the time to understand what the song is really saying", said NAACP Regional Director Ronald Hasson. Would it be so bad if the song is removed?

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