The history of the US national anthem

See this article, since there’s all kinds of hubbub about Kaepernicks not standing for this song. There have been precedents of other sports figures not doing so, including Jackie Robinson. It highlights the third verse of the song, rarely sung, which implies justified death of black slaves that fought with the British. Key, the songwriter, himself owned slaves and saw them as “a distinct and inferior race.” That’s the America that Key and contemporary, idiotic ‘patriots’ demand be honored and blessed by God with this song. Fuck that.


About theurj

Also known as theurj. I've contributed some essays to Integral World and co-founded Open Integral blog, now defunct. I continue to participate in Integral Postmetaphysical Spirituality forum.
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