California NAACP calls for removal of 'The Star-Spangled Banner' as national anthem

California NAACP says 'Star-Spangled Banner' needs to be replaced

The California NAACP called for the dissolution of the United States national anthem Tuesday in addition to pledging support for former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

California NAACP President Alice Huffman told the Bee that Congress should replace it with something that is not "another song that disenfranchises part of the American population".

The cites the song's third verse, which is usually not sang, as evidence of its racist overtones.

Huffman said she drafted two resolutions after the controversy surrounding NFL players kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial inequality and police brutality.


Still, the California NAACP is seeking congressional sponsors to rescind the status of "The Star-Spangled Banner" as our national anthem. "It should never have been there, and just like we didn't have it until 1931, it won't kill us if it goes away". Then it got embroiled in culture wars.

Kaepernick and his defenders say the protest is legitimate because the anthem is a "celebration" of slavery in America.

But, regardless of what the original third verse meant or didn't mean, a further point tends to debunk the "slavery" claim about the national anthem. Former Los Angeles Dodgers announcer Vin Scully is among the latest to say he will never watch another National Football League game again because of the protests. "He blew it out of proportion", Huffman told the Bee. "I believe that any individual that hears the song, that believes in the song should take the time to understand what the song is really saying", said NAACP Regional Director Ronald Hasson.

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