America uses verse 1 of Francis Scott Key’s anthem “Oh Say Can You See?” in the opening ceremony of just about every sporting event, at every level of competition. We call it The National Anthem.
A current movement, being widely and frequently disbursed by the press, means to protest the lyrics as being racist.
Let’s try to isolate the offensive phrase:
“Oh, say! can you see by the dawn’s early light” (nothing racist there).
“What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming;” (still nothing).
“Whose broad stripe s and bright stars, through the perilous fight,” (zero, zip, nada).
“O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?” (nothing race related there).
“And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,” (nope).
“Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there:” (totally non-racist words).
“Oh, say! does that star-spangled banner yet wave” (no racism).
“O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?” (This must be the part they say needs editing. If America is not the land of the free, and/or is not the home of the brave, then they have a point.
So it comes-down to two questions:
- Do (all) American have equal freedom?
- Are some (not necessarily all) American citizens brave?
Unless one, or both, answers are “NO” this issue looks like unwarranted, intentional, conspiratorial denigration of The United States of America.