The school’s Associated Study body president said, “It was brought to our attention that the national anthem’s third verse is outdated and racially offensive. We had nothing but good intentions by removing the song so that we could be fully inclusive to our student body.”
Is this a joke?
This is our national anthem! We have disrespectful players kneeling, idiots burning our flag, and now a school in what is arguably the most liberal state in our country has banned the anthem.
Fox New’s Todd Starnes reports,
Fiorentinos, who was a guest Tuesday on my nationally syndicated radio program, said he was shocked when he realized the national anthem had been banned.
“It’s important that we honor and respect those who sacrificed their lives protecting the freedom that us Americans take for granted every day,” he said.
On a side note, kudos to the student journalists at California High School who first reported this story and did so by writing a fair and balanced report. It’s refreshing to see solid journalism from The Californian.
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.”
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