Star-Spangled Bigotry: The Hidden Racist History of the National Anthem

Here’s the story behind that precious song everyone seems to be worried about the past few days…

I believe now it has even LESS of a place in sports than I did before.

“In other words, Key was saying that the blood of all the former slaves and “hirelings” on the battlefield will wash away the pollution of the British invaders. With Key still bitter that some black soldiers got the best of him a few weeks earlier, “The Star-Spangled Banner” is as much a patriotic song as it is a diss track to black people who had the audacity to fight for their freedom. Perhaps that’s why it took almost 100 years for the song to become the national anthem.”
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