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Why Should Any Black Person Stand for The National Anthem?
Glenn "Caz" Cazenave
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Why Should Any Black Person Stand for The National Anthem?

Below are the lyrics of the "The Star Spangled Banner". The first 2 verses are commonly sung at events. The entire song is the National Anthem of the United States of America. It has 4 verses and the last 2 are blatantly racist. If you can read this and believe that any Black person considers that they are represented by a song that celebrates the killing of slaves, something is really wrong with you. here is an idea, let's have Lee Greenwood sing the whole song next Sunday? Let's all watch who takes the field.

Why should Black People stand for the National Anthem? Because we love our country and hope that it will do better. Because no one sings those last 2 verses anymore. Because standing with your right hand over your heart displays your love of the United States. Because that display of expression is protected by the Constitution of the U.S. 

The same Constitution that protects the people who choose to "Take a knee."
 

O say can you see, by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hail'd at the twilight's last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight
O'er the ramparts we watch'd were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket's red glare, the bomb bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there,
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

 

On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream,
'Tis the star-spangled banner - O long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

 

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 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,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

 

O thus be it ever when freemen shall stand
Between their lov'd home and the war's desolation!
Blest with vict'ry and peace may the heav'n rescued land
Praise the power that hath made and preserv'd us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto - "In God is our trust,"
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave. 

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