Does America need a new national anthem? | The Tylt
Does America need a new national anthem?
The California chapter of the NAACP called on Congress to remove "The Star-Spangled Banner" as the national anthem due to its "racist" and "anti-black" overtones.
“It’s racist; it doesn’t represent our community, it’s anti-black,” Alice Huffman, the organization’s president, told KOVR-TV in Sacramento. “This song is wrong; it shouldn’t have been there, we didn’t have it ’til 1931, so it won’t kill us if it goes away.”
No one ever sings the third verse and now we know why. Can we get a non-racist theme song for America, please?
In the case of our national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” perhaps not knowing the full lyrics is a good thing. It is one of the most racist, pro-slavery, anti-black songs in the American lexicon, and you would be wise to cut it from your Fourth of July playlist.
Almost no one can sing "The Star-Spangled Banner"—even professional singers struggle to do it justice, with American Songwriter describing it as "a vocalist’s nightmare." But does the song's difficulty add to its greatness? When performers actually manage to hit that high note, it's a stirring, chills-down-your-spine moment, even for people who roll their eyes about the land of the free.
And some cultural critics argue that Francis Scott Key's search for the flag through the smoke of the bombs actually ends up being a perfect metaphor for America's quest to make good on its promise of freedom and justice, even through the haze of violence and genocide. As one non-U.S. citizen noted, "You guys have an awesome national anthem about the importance of being American even when everything is on fire/exploding."
Many conservatives are offended by the attacks on our national anthem.
Big lie being promoted by the California chapter of the NAACP and that is the false assertion that the Star Spangled Banner, our National Anthem, is a racist song.
Religiously minded Americans say "God Bless America" would make a much better national anthem. "America the Beautiful" has also been proposed as a more accessible, godly choice.
Populists, on the other hand, often propose we adopt the Woody Guthrie folk song "This Land is Your Land," which was actually written as a sarcastic retort to "God Bless America." And really, doesn't the greatest nation in the history of Earth deserve better than an English drinking song as its theme song?
The national anthem sucks. America the Beautiful>Star Spangled Banner.