Desperate to legitimize the rudderless “Black Lives Matter” movement… and further the destructive hubris found in attacking our Founding and early history; left-leaning, Howard Zinn inspired agitators have turned their attention to our National Anthem.
Backup Quarterback extraordinaire, Colin Kaepernick… chose not to stand during the Anthem at a recent preseason football game, citing the oppressive history of our government. Social media erupted with appropriate criticism, citing his luxurious lifestyle and modest upbringing. His defenders were few in number, but immediately championed his cause by attacking the context, rather than the substance of his protest. The Star Spangled Banner is racist, moreover, it advocates the KILLING of slaves!!
An obvious and poor attempt at being provocative… the author of this nonsense should have consulted an historian before publishing such a foolish error. Francis Scott Key’s third verse uses the image of slavery in a rhetorical flourish to remind the country of the impositions the British had pressed upon us(literally at sea.) In the verse he proclaims that we avoided the fate of hirelings and slaves- sudden and unjust death. Our bravery had repulsed the invader and his cowardly minions(Federalists, mercenaries etc..)
This is the state of historical study today… even a grammatical reference to slavery in a poem written 202 years ago deserves our righteous scorn. This is just the latest example of the hubris that will be our undoing. Mr. Kaepernick is entitled to make his deliberately provocative gestures, but he is not excused from the criticism. Take responsibility, sir…. and get used to the bench.