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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.
"Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel." - Samuel Johnson, 1775 It is deeply ironic that the nation is divided in
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.
For a long time, "Hail Columbia" and "My Country 'Tis of Thee" were used at official occasions. It was only in 1889 that
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.
In a matter of weeks, this whole scandal will blow over and you will be sitting on the sideline for other reasons. I hope that you still oppose the oppression in all of its forms. I pray, however, that you will fight it more rationally, productively and nobly.
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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:
The flag was not ripped down, it was ceremoniously lowered, furled and taken to a museum of Confederate relics. The ceremony itself was the final insult to every African American in the United States. There was no shame displayed as the flag was taken down, simply honor.
Jamie Foxx is being heavily criticized for his performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Saturday night's fight. How about stopping this false display of patriotism altogether? What does two people beating the bejesus out of each other have to do with "the rockets red glare" and "bombs bursting in air"?
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A singer had been belting out “The Star-Spangled Banner” before Tuesday’s game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Nashville
This past weekend marked the 200th anniversary of "The Star-Spangled Banner," so Jimmy Kimmel had his cameras hit the streets