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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

National anthem is racist, California NAACP says | The Sacramento Bee

When California lawmakers return to the Capitol in January, the state chapter of the NAACP will be seeking their support for a campaign to remove “The Star-Spangled Banner” as the national anthem.

The organization last week began circulating among legislative offices two resolutions that passed at its state conference in October: one urging Congress to rescind “one of the most racist, pro-slavery, anti-black songs in the American lexicon” as the national anthem, and another in support of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who launched a protest movement against police brutality among professional athletes by kneeling when “The Star-Spangled Banner” was played before games.


So what tune would they suggest? This is the last tune I remember being suggested but it didn't fly:

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The obvious American tunes would be Mr Berlin's "Puttin' on the Ritz" or Mr Gershwin's "Summertime". Or, if you like the tune and might enjoy the irony, how about

Posted by: dearieme | Nov 8, 2017 11:17:12 AM