No one recalls that Key wrote a full third stanza decrying the former slaves who were now working for the British army: (underlined, my emphasis but the following is not necessarily my interpretation)
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 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,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
In other words, “The Racist Francis Scott Key was saying that the blood of all the former slaves and “hirelings” on the battlefield will wash away the pollution of the British invaders. With Key still bitter that some black soldiers got the best of him a few weeks earlier, “The Star-Spangled Banner” is as much a patriotic song as it is a distract to black people who had the audacity to fight for their freedom. Perhaps that’s why it took almost 100 years for the song to become the national anthem. (from the source of the comment)
Moreover, the following is a quote from F.S. Key…. “Are you willing, gentlemen, to abandon your country, to permit it to be taken from you, and occupied by the abolitionist, according to whose taste it is to associate and amalgamate with the negro? Or, gentlemen, on the other hand, are there laws in this community to defend you from the immediate abolitionist, who would open upon you the floodgates of such extensive wickedness and mischief?”
So, shall we herald the Star Spangled Banner and hold it in such high regard, or is it legitimate on its face, that Black folks especially, and our citizenry in general, in this day, Year 2016, should have a problem with the anthem in general?
I thought about “America The Beautiful” but after perusing that ode, I find that there is a reference in it that ignores the inclusion of all peoples from wherever, that came here and contributed to making the country what it is considered today, the greatest nation on Earth.
Then I looked at “My Country T’is of Thee” and again, there are references that do not consider the contributions of all Americans.
My solution and my selection is that “America The Beautiful” comes closest to fulfilling an anthem that respects all Americans, with a modification; for instance, changing the word “pilgrim” to “pilgrims from all the world” in the second and fifth stanzas.
I will also note that these songs were written by and for a predominately white population, and therefore do not reflect the contributions of all our residents, simply because, in my mind, “others” were not even considered.
There you have it. Colin Kaepernick has highlighted the anthem and forced us to take a good hard look at it. Truly, it does not reflect the conditions of today. But updating the anthem and recognizing that all the promises of this country have not been met, will bring us all to our feet when it is sung.
So Colin, kneel, sit, express you displeasure. You are not saying the police or the military or the first responders are not worth anything. What you are saying is, “We have work to do.”
Let’s get at it… together!
The garbagedump and education for the disadvantaged
Today I listened to the new “dressed up, made up” boar, talk to some white folks (again) about his “education plan” for Black folks.
He quoted numbers relating to the amount Federal money that is spent on education. What he did not say, was that republicans have dominated those states where there are disproportionate education result, because those governors/ legislators distribute education funds unevenly and moreover, routinely declined to accept Federal educational funds when available.
Oftimes, the disparity in education dollars is in southern states, in poorer areas, in districts where voting is restricted by republican governors and legislators.
So I caution everyone that when it comes to the garbagedump, check the info he provides because, he is the consummate liar and he has surrounded himself with experts of fakery. Someone said, “The first face you show is the true first.” This “Johnny-come-lately” is the ultimate con man, no track, no experience, no record, no real plan, no real vision. Only the thing he has is the “I” factor, as if he thinks he will have free rein to do whatever he wants, like, “Keep the oil!!”).
Put your trust in this fabricator of falsities and prevaricator, and you will be left holding the proverbial bag of crap! You have been warned!!!
Enough said, I’m out!!!