The anti-Muslim origins of “The Star-Spangled Banner”

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The Washington establishment counts on the ignorance of the American public to its own history.

From Sam Husseini

August 30, 2016

As severalwriters have noted — before and after the furor surrounding quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s refusing to stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner” — the national anthem is racist. Specifically, the third stanza:
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.

Even less well know, the song originates in slaveowner Francis Scott Key’s “When the Warrior Returns” — which was set to the same tune.

As Alex Cockburn, the deceased and much missed co-editor of CounterPunch, noted following President Obama’s much celebrated 2009 address in Cairo:

An early version of the “Star Spangled Banner” by Francis Scott…

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Author: Alfred E. Neuman

70 year old geek, ultra-conservative patriot.