Since desegregation, Americans have made great strides against racism, implementing numerous civil rights measures to guard against systematic racism. However, over the past few years, the term “racism” appears to have taken on a new meaning spurred by rhetoric from the Left. Now, the term “racist” is applied to those who merely disagree with extreme progressive policies. The latest example of this is evident in the efforts of one popular organization.
In California, the NAACP is now urgently calling on Congress to make a shocking change on the national level. According to The Washington Times, the NAACP claims that “The Star-Spangled Banner” is “racist.” Furthermore, the NAACP believes that Congress should remove the song as the national anthem.
This news came to light after resolutions made last month at the NAACP state convention. The resolutions urge Congress to look at the current status of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
The NAACP claims that the national anthem, in combination with the treatment of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, is “racist.” Kaepernick famously began the protests in the National Football League by kneeling before the national anthem, a move that sparked controversy and additional mass protests. The controversy and Kaepernick’s poor game performance are speculated to be the issues that resulted in his continued unemployment.
NAACP President Alice Huffman claims that the song, whose lyrics were authored by Francis Scott Key, is considered “anti-black” and “racist.” The reasoning is that the third stanza, which is typically unsung, reads: “Their blood has wash’d out their foul footstep’s pollution / No refuge could save the hireling and slave / From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave.”
Huffman claims these lines are reason enough to replace “The Star-Spangled Banner,” which was designated as America’s national anthem in 1931, with a different song that they deem appropriate.
The group failed to consider what might happen if the new song choice offended another group. Based on the Left’s history, it is safe to assume that it doesn’t matter to them if a non-Leftist group takes issue with it. They seem to hold the idea that only they can determine what is unoffensive.
Huffman said that she is not trying to protest the flag. However, she did say: “We’re protesting this racist song that has caused so much controversy in America, and we’re just trying to get it removed. So, whatever comes out in the future as a national anthem, we can all stand proudly and sing it.”
Many wonder what this has to do with anthem protests or Kaepernick’s employment in the NFL. After all, the anthem protests were defended as being unrelated to the flag or anthem, and only a measure to draw attention to alleged racism and police brutality in America. Suddenly, according to the NAACP, the anthem is also racist and must be removed.
Where is the line in the sand?.
In January, the NAACP plans to approach Congress with their plan to replace The Star-Spangled Banner. Many assume that Congress will not respond favorably to the request, in part due to lack of evidence supporting the claim that the song is somehow “racist.”
This is just one example of the constantly expanding “politically correct” agenda of the Left. There seems to be a new cause of outrage every day, and with each demand, it looks as if the Left is becoming increasingly disconnected from the rest of the country.