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After spending months slamming NFL players who “disrespect” the national anthem, President Donald Trump appeared to forget the words to ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ ahead of college football’s national championship game.
What Francis Scott Key was describing was a land of the free and a home of the brave for white people - the freemen, and a land of the unfree for the enslaved black people of the United States.
I'll admit my first reaction was disappointment when San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand during the national anthem before a preseason game because he didn't feel pride in a country oppressing people of color.
Four years ago, I created the National Anthem Sing-Along with a dream that all students would understand the feeling of being "united" as a country, as we were in the days, weeks, and months after September 11, 2001.
We don't owe the troops thanks for preserving our freedoms; we owe them an apology, a huge apology, for tricking them into wars that were not in their interests or the country's.
The third verse of the Star Spangled Banner, which curses escaped slaves to the grave for joining with the British, is going from obscure to infamous, thanks in part to Jon Schwarz's article on The Intercept about Colin Kaepernick and his refusal to stand for the national anthem.
After all, it does cover an octave and one fifth -- not typically in anyone's regular range unless they sing often; and although the poem has four stanzas, only the first is commonly sung today. These words, however, are known to virtually every American older than a second-grader: