The full song of our national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner”, is one of the most racist songs ever in the country.
Most citizens don’t know that the national anthem has hidden racist verses that are pro-slavery and anti-black. This is because most people are told from history that Francis Scott Key, who was captured as a prisoner on a British ship during the 1812 War, wrote the national anthem while watching American soldiers fight back British soldiers invading in Baltimore.
But an impartial study of the circumstances of writing the anthem and the personality of its author tells us a very different version of the story. The poem was written by a racist, who saw his mission to deport all liberated African-Americans from the United States back to Africa.
The third stanza of the “The Star Spangled Banner” is what exposes white supremacy behind the anthem.
“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”.
What Key implied was that the blood of slaves and hirelings, who fought on battlefield for their freedom, will wash away the pollution of the British invaders. In as much as the anthem is a patriotic song, it is also intended to disrespect black people who fought for their freedom.
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