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NAACP Wants National Anthem Banned Due To Its Racist Lyrics Against Blacks

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The national anthem has become a political tool since Trump’s attack on NFL players who choose to protest. What started as a silent protest by Colin Kaepernick became an issue that is usually separated along racial lines.

But the national anthem is drenched in racism against Blacks. And due to the racist lyrics, the NAACP is hoping to get the national anthem removed. The lyrics in question occur in the third stanza of the “Star Spangled Banner.”

“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 washed out their foul footsteps’ 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.”

The racist lyrics often go ignored, but the NAACP believe it’s time that the song be removed.

Following Kaepernick’s protest, he was blackballed from the NFL as quarterbacks with less talent have been signed in 2017. NFL owners such as Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys warned his players against protesting. And the Texans owner Bob McNair caught flack when he compared NFL players to inmates during a meeting about player protests.

Although it’s unlikely that the national anthem will be completely removed anytime soon, it’s important for the NAACP to reveal the truth about America’s ugly past when it comes to race.

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Phyllis Coley

Phyllis D. Coley is CEO/Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and Host of Spectacular Magazine Radio Show.

With a B.A. in English from NCCU, the Durham native began her professional career as Promotions/Marketing Director for New York City’s WKTU-FM. While at the radio station, Coley discovered the rap group Kid ‘n Play and managed them for five years, guiding their music and movie careers to success. Moving back to Durham, Coley produced a nationally syndicated television show, The Electric Factory, while working as News Director for FOXY 107/104. In April 2002, recognizing a void in highlighting the achievements of African Americans, she started her own business publishing ACE Magazine. Coley launched Spectacular Magazine in November 2004. Recognizing the lack of pertinent and truthful information, Coley began Spectacular Magazine Radio Show in March 2009. Coley is the organizer of Durham’s Annual MLK/Black History Month Parade and the Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration. She currently serves on Central Children’s Home Board of Directors, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Advisors, as Immediate Past Secretary of the Durham Rotary Club Board of Directors and is one of the founding members of the Triangle United Way’s African American Leadership Initiative.

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