According to the President of the Hawaii and California NAACP, the song is racist.
California NAACP President Alice Huffman declares the third verse of the Star-Spangled Bannerl is overtly racist because it mentions “No refuge could save the hireling and slave/ From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave.” Plainly it is talking about military invaders made up of mercenaries (“hireling”) and conscripts (“slave”).
Meanwhile, it is now standard practice to slander the country as a place of “systematic racial injustice.”
CBS Sacramento reports, “Group Calling National Anthem Lyrics Racist, Anti-Black.”
The California NAACP is pushing to get rid of the national anthem that they’re calling racist and anti-black.
“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,” said the organization’s president Alice Huffman.
Colin Kaepernick started the NFL protests, which quickly spread to bring attention to systemic racial injustice in the country. But Huffman says Kaepernick’s message was lost when it turned into a debate about the flag.
“The message got distorted, the real intentions got overlooked, it became something that’s dividing us, and I’m looking for something to bring us back together,” she said.
Huffman adds that the protests did lead her to look at the lyrics of the “Star Spangled Banner” especially the parts of the anthem we don’t typically sing.
“It’s racist; it doesn’t represent our community, it’s anti-black,” she said.