National Anthem Lyrics Prompt California NAACP To Call For Replacing Song

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Now, the NAACP said they plan to lobby legislators to remove the "Star-Spangled Banner" as our national anthem, calling it one of the most racist, pro-slavery, anti-black songs in the American lexicon.

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 organization also passed a second resolution in support of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who was the first NFL player to kneel during the national anthem before a game.

"We owe a lot of it to Kaepernick", Huffman said.

"The message got distorted, the real intentions got overlooked, it became something that's dividing us, and I'm looking for something to bring us back together", she claimed.

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NAACP leaders in California are upset about a verse in the "Star-Spangled Banner" that isn't sung in public.

The group says the song, which has been a point of controversy in the National Football League, is "one of the most racist, pro-slavery, anti-black songs in the American lexicon", The Sacramento Bee reported Tuesday. It's in the third verse, which includes the lyric "no refuge could save the hireling and slave from the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave". "It's anti-black people".

Patrons at a Veterans of Foreign Wars post in West Sacramento disagreed. "I have to stick with our traditions and our values and what we represent".

The California chapter of the NAACP is pushing to get rid of the national anthem.

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