Liberals Lying Again: ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ is NOT ‘Racist’ in ANY Way

The latest calumny against our country spewed by the historically illiterate left that our national anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner,” is “racist.” It is a charge that further proves that liberals are disingenuous, hysterics that only parrot the garbage that they hear from others even as they don’t take any time to research the matter themselves.

This time the nonsense is being peddled by the California chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People which has not only passed a “resolution” that the national anthem is “racist,” but has announced that it wants to pursue congressional sponsors to rescind the status of “The Star Spangled Banner” as our national theme song.

Why are they doing this? What else but raaaaacism?

Firstly, the move was an effort by the California NAACP to pass a resolution in support of anti-American protester and former NFL player Colin Kaepernick, according to the Sacramento Bee.

“We owe a lot of it to Kaepernick,” California NAACP President Alice Huffman during the group’s state meeting this week. “I think all this controversy about the knee will go away once the song is removed.”

Along with the resolution to celebrate Kaepernick’s hate mongering, the group also charged that “The Star Spangled Banner” is “one of the most racist, pro-slavery, anti-black songs in the American lexicon.”

One can think what he wants about Colin Kaepernick. A patriotic American would find him to be full of hate and lies, but if you appreciate his lies, well, you’ll love him. Of course, since this is America, you can hate the national anthem all you want, too. But claiming it is “racist” and “pro-slavery” is simply a lie. Proclaiming junk as fact isn’t just historical revisionism, it is outright lying.

So, let’s look at that “third verse” that the left points to to prove that “The Star Spangled Banner” is “racist.” It reads in part:

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

If one is misinformed, purposefully ignorant, or gratingly stupid, one could say the word “slave” up there in that verse “celebrates” slavery.

Only it doesn’t. In fact, it never had anything to do with chattel slavery.

The claim that this third verse celebrates the system of slavery as practiced during America’s “peculiar institution” has been ridiculed by historians who say that the words actually referred the British Navy’s practice of the kidnapping of American sailors (called impressment) and forcing them to serve in the British Navy. This practice turned Americans into slaves to the British Crown. It was one of the main causes of the War of 1812 and it was the War of 1812 that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the song that would become our anthem over 100 years later.

The idea that the verse celebrated chattel slavery is so absurd, even left-wing Snopes.com said that the claims don’t add up.

But even if there was doubt about that annoying third verse, it doesn’t matter because the lines had not been considered part of the song for more than 60 years before the song was chosen as our anthem.

That third verse had been dropped in popular treatments of the tune before the Civil War in 1860, long before “The Star Spangled Banner” was chosen as our anthem in 1931. When it was crowned our national song, that verse was nearly unknown by anyone in the country.

Finally, there isn’t a single historical quote to show that when the song became the national anthem Americans considered it a wonderful commentary on the virtues of racism. If the song is so entirely racist, it would seem logical that someone, somewhere in the U.S. in the 1930s — an era totally saturated with racism — that the song would have been celebrated as an anthem for segregation and oppression.

But it wasn’t.

So, let’s stop with all this stupidity, shall we?

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  • Brett Buck

    Tiresome idiots are at it again. I suppose they don’t realize that any credibility they had is blown into infinity at this point.

    I suppose it’s good that we have run out of *real* race problems and are down to garbage like this.

    • As long as THEY think they’ve got some sort of credibility, that’s all that matters to them. It’s about their own egos – not reality.

  • SicSemperTyrannus

    Why does the dark race ruin every thing they touch? I’m sorry to sound racist, but come on, it’s true ni–ers fuck up everything they get involved in – including every sport.

    • Brett Buck

      Bullshit.

      I find your casual racism appalling, as I do your apparent belief that the people here would tolerate it. But putting that aside, do you think you make your “point” any better by aping the caricature of a racist that the race hustlers are promoting?

      This really has nothing to do with race, aside from it being the excuse. What it *is* about is a bunch of hustlers and shakedown artists trying to maintain their scam for as long as possible. They happen to be hustling race, but the “women’s movement” does the same sort of thing for much the same reason. Any legitimate civil rights issue is long since resolved, but too many people make too much money off the topic to let it end.

      That a fraction of the black population has apparently been misled in this way is very unfortunate, but that’s the result of 50-ish years of Democrat/leftist pandering and moral corruption. It is not an intrinsic quality of people who have slightly more melanin in their skin that I do.

      • jim_m

        Bingo. It is less about race than it is about people trying to make a living stirring up racial animus. These people don’t really care about the damage they do to society and they are definitely not defined by the color of their skin because race baiters come in all colors.

    • Scalia

      Why does the dark race ruin every thing they touch? I’m sorry to sound racist, but come on, it’s true ni–ers fuck up everything they get involved in – including every sport.

      You can take your scumbag racism elsewhere. You might find a haven for such bilge on other less scrupulous websites, but not here.

      If you want to continue commenting here, you’ll leave your racism at home. Your choice.

      • Brett Buck

        I would put a high probability on the likelihood that SickSimperNitwit is a troll trying to elicit racist comments from the rest of us, so yes, I could see blocking him as a troll.

        The a*sshole is barking up the wrong tree – he seems to forget that the “conservative” = “racist” is fiction made up from whole cloth to cover the fact that the left/Democrats are the ones exploiting race as an article of faith. Republicans freed the slaves, Republicans passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (with notoriously cynical support from that noted humanitarian LBJ). Republicans/conservatives are still fighting to permit the poor to escape the plantation formed by low expectations and government handouts. It’s not conservatives out there promoting abortion (primarily intended to “eliminate overbreeding by the lower races” by PP founder and eugenicist Margaret Sanger) that kills black babies to a wildly disproportionate degree. We didn’t systematically destroy black families and promote rampant promiscuity and lack of responsibility.

      • pennywit

        Is this guy a racist? Or does he play a racist on the Internet so he can get a rise out of you?

        • Scalia

          Either way, I won’t allow any more of that kind of comment from him.

        • Brett Buck

          I don’t care. I have seen far more than my fill of this garbage to last me a lifetime.

        • Jwb10001

          It is most likely a troll looking to get some sort of agreement to this obviously nonsensical racist BS so they can say “see I told you”

          • Scalia

            He opened his Disqus account two years ago and has made but 40 comments. Nothing I’ve seen indicates troll-like behavior, so it appears he’s provided what he really thinks.

          • Jwb10001

            wow that’s terrible, why would he think this would be a place to spew that crap? Nothing I’ve ever seen here would lead anyone to believe we’d ever be fellow travelers with the likes of him/her.

          • Scalia

            Regrettably, I’ve seen the likes of him over at Breitbart and The Federalist. I guess he thought that we are just as flexible.

          • pennywit

            I know these folks exist. I haven’t really responded to this guy in particular because 1) you and others responded to him and 2) I don’t like to fee trolls.

          • pennywit

            with the likes of him/her.

            *Sigh* You reveal your own prejudice in your insistence on the gender binary.

          • Jwb10001

            Yes I know I’m one of those idiots that think the world is made up of men and women.

          • pennywit

            *Sigh* You reveal your own prejudice when .you refer to “one of those idiots.” Please keep in mind that every idiot is a unique, special individual.

          • Prejudice? More like factual understanding, which you would likely refer to as “mere burgeois truth.”

          • pennywit

            *Sigh*. You reveal your own prejudice Your reference to “burger truth” ignores the good people who prefer hot dogs, or even a Filet O’ Fish.

      • jim_m

        I find it ironic that he uses as his screen name the very same words used by John Wilkes Booth after he assassinated Lincoln.

    • Retired military

      a. You arent sorry to sound racist. You are just plain sorry.
      b. You arent sorry to sound racist because you are racist.
      c. Please go away and never come back.

      • Jwb10001

        Hard for a racist to sound like anything else when they are spewing their crap.

    • Take your racist BS and your putrid self somewhere else. We have no need, and less tolerance, for such here.

    • pennywit
      • Brett Buck

        Again – what difference does that make? And in any case, Scalia is exactly right, you can look at his posts, it’s not a pattern.

        • pennywit

          This video is my standard response to ‘Net trolls.

  • jim_m

    The left hates America. Anyone voting for the democrats today votes for the dissolution of our nation.

  • Scalia

    As I’ve stated before, these kinds of individuals hate America. They might claim otherwise, but they cannot do what they do and love the country they live in. What they love is their vision of what this country should be, but they don’t love this country.

  • Par4Course

    Hardly anyone except the California NAACP has ever even read – let alone sung – the third verse of the Star Spangled Banner. Colin Kaepernick took a knee to protest police violence against African-Americans; his actions had nothing to do with the anthem’s lyrics. By tolerating this disrespect for the flag, the anthem, the police, America and all those that fought for our country, the NFL players have alienated a good portion of their audience. I have watched no professional football this year and don’t plan to unless this kneeling nonsense ends. Taking away the anthem would be the last nail in the NFL coffin. Then we’ll see if the kneelers have any employable job skills other than on the football field.

  • pennywit

    One bit Warner left out: One theory is that those two lines celebrate the US military’s defeat of two unites of British Colonial Marines who were recruited from American slaves. https://theintercept.com/2016/08/28/colin-kaepernick-is-righter-than-you-know-the-national-anthem-is-a-celebration-of-slavery/

  • Retired military

    Well it should be alllowed to be sung BUT they must have a plaque explaining the horrible evilness of it displayed whereever it is sung.

  • jim_m

    The left declares the remembrance of war dead is now racist.

    Time for them to chose to be a part of society or to leave.

    • Scalia

      Man, that guy’s a piece of work.

      • jim_m

        I think many people on the right and in the center neglect to understand just how much the left hates us and hates our society. These people loathe us, what we believe in, and what we stand for.

        This is why they support radical islam even though they give lip service to the argument against it. They would rather watch radical islam overwhelm western civilization even if it cost them their own lives. They are perfectly content to win a Pyrrhic victory.

      • Brett Buck

        Piece of something, that’s for sure. Between Brexit and Trump, these idiots are working themselves into a froth. It’s the adult version of a hissy fit from a 3-year-old, but even less rational.

      • Work and shit are not interchangeable…

  • alanstorm

    “Liberals Lying Again”

    Could’ve left it at that…you’d never be wrong.

  • jim_m

    Of course the Star Spangled Banner is racist to people who are teaching their children that they cannot be friends with White people.

    At least the left is finally admitting to being the racist bigots we have known them to be.

  • Jwb10001

    The only people that can benefit from these constant charges of racisim are actual racists as the term is losing it’s meaning.

    • jim_m

      It’s almost like the dems are making a concerted effort to make the term meaningless so when they come out as the racists that they are it doesn’t have the stigma.

  • yetanotherjohn

    You know another song that is racist? Rule Britania.

    Rule Britannia, Britannia rule the waves!
    Britons never, ever, ever shall be slaves.
    Rule Britannia, Britannia rule the waves!
    Britons never, ever, ever shall be slaves.

    It has the word slaves in it so it must be racist.

  • Paul Hooson

    Being loyal and patriotic to this great nation is never racist.

  • Gentlemen, I give you Decauter’s Toast:

    My Country! May she ever be right, but right or wrong, my Country!

  • pennywit

    Personally, I prefer “America, the Beautiful,” but that’s an aesthetic choice.

    • Scalia

      Funny, I remember our discussing that question way, way back in the third grade. Our teacher was pushing us on the idea that America the Beautiful is more appropriate. Although we regularly sang that song in school and liked it very much, I guess we were too traditional for her tastes. Most of us preferred status quo.

      • pennywit

        Nothing wrong with preferring one over the other. I find the song more majestic, honestly.

        • Scalia

          But wait! What about, “…God shed His grace on thee”?? Are you good with that being sung by our government?

          • pennywit
          • Scalia

            Bah! Atheists would object, sir!

          • pennywit

            As long as the freedom not to stand and not to sing is preserved, atheists can stuff it. These minor invocations, IMO, are not worth litigating. I’d prefer that the various atheist orgs save their powder.

          • pennywit

            That reminds me, next time you do an open-thread, I’m going to post something religion-related that bugs me.

          • Scalia

            I just uploaded one.