The NFL debate that has taken national headlines by storm doesn’t look like it’s dying down anytime soon—in fact, NAACP officials of California just pushed the controversy over the edge.
Their solution? Get rid of the Star Spangled Banner.
The organization, fueled by Kaepernick’s media outburst, is now calling upon Congress to remove the National Anthem after a resolution passed during the California NAACP chapter’s state conference.
At the October gathering, California officials gathered to declare the Anthem “one of the most racist, pro-slavery, anti-black songs in the American lexicon.”
They didn’t stop there, passing a second resolution specifically designed to support and defend the former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick who they say deserves respect and praise for his ‘brave’ actions.
Alice Huffman, California’s NAACP President, gave public statement to the Sacramento Bee:
“We owe a lot of it to Kaepernick. I think all this controversy about the knee will go away once the song is removed.”
.@TuckerCarlson on @NAACP calling the National Anthem "one of the most racist pro-slavery, anti-black songs in the American lexicon": "No one has ever seen any racial overtones, there aren't any in the song…It's not inherent to the text." pic.twitter.com/KElFRrb4Ql
— Fox News (@FoxNews) November 9, 2017
What originally began as a protest against the ‘deaths of minorities at the hands of police,’ is now heading straight to take out America’s sacred tune.
Pointing to a specific verse within the song, Ms. Huffman says ““It’s racist. It doesn’t represent our community. It’s anti-black people.”
The verse she claims is responsible and impactful enough to demand a ban of the Anthem is contained in the third stanza:
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.
Furthermore, she demands the only reasonable modern interpretation of the verse lends celebration to the deaths of blacks and minorities and says it should be replaced with an Anthem that ‘supports everyone.’
Local American Patriots aren’t reacting in quite the same way.
“I believe it’s a slap across the face, whether there’s a flaw in the context, I don’t see it that way. I have to stick with our traditions and our values and what we represent,” concluded Sydney Lugo.
A separate resolution is also in play by the NAACP designed to censure President Trump for his comments on NFL knee-takers.
Huffman admits the NAACP’s actions may not solve anything, but claims social justice is long overdue.