The student body leadership at California High School in the San Francisco Bay Area successfully lobbied to ban the singing of the national anthem at pep rallies for the remainder of the academic year.
A letter written by one of the student leaders explains that once students learned about the rarely-sung verse of The Star Spangled Banner and its mention of slaves, they no longer wanted it involved in school activities:
“It was brought to our attention that the national anthem’s third verse is outdated and racially offensive.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.
“Moving forward, we must take action and be inclusive to all. 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. 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.”
Francis Scott Key’s third verse states: “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.” While there is a compelling argument that Key was referring to the invading British army in this verse, leftists have stubbornly concluded that there is no other interpretation than hatred for Africans and that is reflected in the student leader’s letter:
“This verse translated, finds joy in the killing of African-Americans. To think that our nation’s anthem once had the word slave and ‘land of the free’ in the same sentence leaves me speechless.”
Unfortunately, the high school’s administration is allowing the ban and has yet to issue comment on the matter even tough there are many patriotic students at the school who would like to continue singing the anthem. According to Fox News, a solitary adult leader at the school told the student paper that she agreed with students that the anthem is “problematic” and deserves to be shelved.
“'The Star Spangled Banner' may have survived the bombs bursting in air, but it may not be able to withstand the rampaging mob of politically correct inclusivists,” laments Fox News’s Todd Starnes.
This is what happens when grownups lose their spines and capitulate to children. Then again, too many grownups are perpetual children as it is.
H/T Washington Times