Activists are now coming after our beloved national anthem: "The Star Spangled Banner"is

Because of the writer. Francis Scott Key owned slaves.


I’m sure we’re all familiar with the full lyricss, as the “anthem” portion is only the first verse.

Third verse
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.

This is not new, only louder.

Abolish stupid dimocrats.

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I get that it’s been around for centuries but which part is “stupid”?

For me, I’d say the suggestion to change it to John Lennon’s “Imagine”

First of all… that guy is British.
Second of all, “Lift Ev’ry Voice” would be a much better replacement

Well, that’s completely insane.

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What does “Lift Every Voice” have to do with the US at all?

There has been a desire to replace it with "America The Beautiful off and on for the last fifty years.

At least that would make some sense.

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Never read the whole song before. But yeah, that third stanza is pretty racist.

No one is changing the national anthem.

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Yawn. Wake me up if someone changes it. Hint: they wont.

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I prefer Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean myself.

For a long time, it was the unofficial national anthem anyway.

Better tune…better lyrics.

Are you familiar with it at all? It was birthed out of American history just like the Star Spangled Banner and it’s beautiful. You tell me what’s wrong with these lyrics

"Lift ev’ry voice and sing
'Til earth and heaven ring
Ring with the harmonies of Liberty
Let our rejoicing rise
High as the list’ning skies
Let it resound loud as the rolling sea"

And that’s just the intro WR

Reading period was banned for some Americans. Let alone a particular book :face_with_raised_eyebrow:

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tl,dr

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Up until the 60’s?

Fair enough. I shortened it for you.

I’m not sure exactly the context of that phrase, but it tells you something that these groups immediate reaction was to ban the national anthem.
When one word in “My Old Kentucky Home” was found to be offensive in later times, that one word was changed to “people” and everybody seemed happy.
Its all part of the tear it down hysteria.

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The folks in the crowd will sing the anthem themselves if it is removed from the pregames.

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That’s an interesting point. :thinking:

They tried to take prayer out of local school graduations so the parents in the crowds recited the Lord’s Prayer themselves and loud enough for all to hear.

Same type situation.

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My dad is older than the 60s.
Please don’t do this, Idk where you’re trying to go and I can’t entertain it.
You posted a meme stating that banning books is what the Taliban does.

I reminded you of the stark reality that reading AT ALL was a crime for certain Americans at one point. Take a moment to reflect in solitude…We both know there’s know way in hell you’d ever say “Hey, those Taliban guys aren’t so bad after all” No matter WHAT they do.

Besides, the thread isn’t even about them. It’s about the Nat’l Anthem. I vote for “Lift Ev’ry Voice”

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I will stick with To Anacreon in Heaven.

Not like anybody either knows or cares that it has more than one verse anyhow. :smile: