High school bans national anthem from pep rallies; here’s what else needs to go

Recently I gave kudos to the State of California for a court decision upholding First amendment freedoms of a baker. Now, of course, they could take that to appeal and the decision could be overturned — such as it is in the land of judicial activism. However, I have to give props where they due’re, and they were in that case…but it didn’t take long.

Yes, it didn’t take long for another really nutty story to come out of California.

As reported by Fox News, “The Star Spangled Banner will no longer be played at rallies at California High School in San Ramon after student leaders determined the song is racially insensitive. “It was brought to our attention that the national anthem’s third verse is outdated and racially offensive, wrote the president of the school’s Associated Study Body. “We had nothing but good intentions by removing the song so that we could be fully inclusive to our student body.” The decision to eliminate the national anthem from student rallies has resulted in a significant amount of backlash from patriotic students and residents. 

The student body president posted a letter on the high school’s website defending the decision to ban the song by citing a third verse that references “the hireling and slave.” 

There is widespread debate among historians as to what Francis Scott Key was alluding to in the lyrics. Regardless, only the first verse is traditionally sung at sporting events or public gatherings. 

“This verse translated, finds joy in the killing of African-Americans,” the student government president alleged. “To think that our nation’s anthem once had the word slave and ‘land of the free’ in the same sentence leaves me speechless.” 

“Moving forward, we must take action and be inclusive to all,” the student body president wrote. “This song was written in 1814. That was written 204 years ago. Imagine all the traditions and laws that have changed.”

 “As our culture shifts to one that is more diverse and accepting of all types of people, so must our traditions,” the student government leader wrote. “And although we understand that this anthem represents pride and patriotism in our country to many people, we believe that there are other ways that this can be accomplished without an expense to inclusivity on our campus.”

Now, if you recall, this is the same argument used by the California NAACP — remember the NAACP was co-founded by wealthy white socialists, which lead to us coining the term “NAACP” stupid. They also wanted the United States of America to change our national anthem due to their deeming it “racist.” Of course, we cannot list the name of the student body president because the individual is under age. But, where does such a young person become so jaded? I think this young person needs to understand that our national anthem, our America, and its world known symbol, our flag, has always been a beacon of inclusion because the human heart yearns for liberty and freedom. And there’s no other nation in the world, that was established based on the ideal of unalienable individual rights, endowed not by man, but by our Creator.

Here is the full third stanza of the Star-Spangled Banner:

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. 

Now, I don’t claim to know the mind of Francis Scott Key, but I find no racism in this stanza, and certainly none in our national anthem. But if I could interpret any meaning, it would be that Key was writing that no one, not even the hireling (common worker or indentured servant) or slave, would find refuge from the havoc of war and the confusion of battle if it left us without a home or country. Yes, in 1814 there were “hirelings” and slaves. So what? That’s history. Francis Scott Key was not advocating for the institution of slavery in those words. When Key wrote of “their blood has wash’d our their foul footsteps,” I would say that it was the blood of those Soldiers defending Ft. McHenry against the invading British who were bombarding the Fort, trying to knock down our flag. The terror of flight is surrender, and the gloom of the grave is death in defeat.

Doggone, if we want to go down the road of history, then we should ban the darn Democrat Party since they were the ones who voted against the abolishing of slavery in America…the 13th Amendment. So what says the young student body president to that? After all, the Ku Klux Klan was created by the Democrats, along with Jim Crow Laws, poll taxes, literacy tests, and lynchings. Planned Parenthood was created by a white supremacist and racist, but does this young person want that group banned? Heck, our Congress just voted to fund them again, all $568.7 million. Does that upset this student, does that speak out against inclusion? This is why I say to folks that the most important elected position in America is school board. Why? Because we need to get back to educating our children, not indoctrinating them.

There’s nothing “racist” about the Star-Spangled Banner, our national anthem. What is racist is that Planned Parenthood and the baby-killing industry in America is responsible for the murders of 19 million black babies since 1973…that’s not just racist, it’s racist genocide. And that’s exactly what Margaret Sanger intended. Hey kid, I’d be happy to be your history teacher. You’d actually learn something, or you may just fail because you’ve evidenced to all of us that you’re truly “stuck on stupid.”

I’m a proud American black man who loves every single word of our national anthem. Why? Because its inclusiveness has allowed me a level of opportunity and prosperity that is unimaginable.

[Learn more about Allen West’s vision for this nation in his book Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Faith, Family and Freedom]