'Nothing Wrong' With Changing National Anthem, Congressional Black Caucus Member Claims

'Nothing Wrong' With Changing National Anthem, Congressional Black Caucus Member Claims

She said some interpretations conclude that the lyrics celebrate the deaths of black American slaves fighting for freedom and the song should be replaced with something that supports all our values.

As quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, Colin Kaepernick started the National Football League protests during the anthem that quickly spread to bring attention to racial injustice in the country.

The national anthem has become a political tool since Trump's attack on NFL players who choose to protest. But Huffman said Kaepernick's message was lost when it turned into a debate about the flag.

Of biggest concern is the rarely sung third stanza of "The Star-Spangled Banner".

"It's racist", she said. "It's anti-black people", according to CBS News. Huffman suggested that those lyrics should be replaced with something more racially sensitive.

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Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL) said he finds "nothing wrong" with efforts to remove "The Star-Spangled Banner" as the national anthem, an initiative backed by the California chapter of the NAACP.

The organization is urging Congress to jettison the national anthem after passing a resolution at its October 26-29 state conference describing the tune as "one of the most racist, pro-slavery, anti-black songs in the American lexicon". "Alice Huffman from the NAACP says the anthem does not represent "our community" because it is racist".

James Muwakkil, chair of the Lee County NAACP chapter, said he understands why the NAACP in California is upset about the lyric.

"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?"

Other NAACP leaders nationwide agree with Huffman. Fans are pictured standing during the anthem on Apr.4, 2003 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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