Colin Kaepernick may have started something bigger than even he imagined. In a piece posted today on CNN.com, liberal journalist AJ Willingham made the case for the national anthem to be the next target of PC culture.
And it’s not surprising CNN is making this leftward lurch against the Star Spangled Banner. It was only 2 years ago they displayed a warning before playing the anthem.
Willingham begins by comparing Colin Kaepernick to Jackie Robinson:
“I cannot stand and sing the anthem. I cannot salute the flag. I know that I am a black man in a white world.”
That’s not Colin Kaepernick, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback whose refusal to stand during the national anthem has invited criticism from all corners of the sports world.
That’s Jackie Robinson, beloved baseball pioneer and civil rights activist, writing in his 1972 autobiography, “I Never Had It Made.”
And it only gets worse from there. She mentions the forgotten third verse from the national anthem, which reads:
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?
Their blood has wash’d out their foul footstep’s pollution.
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 some historians believe mentioning ‘slave’ is racist, there is hardly a consensus on whether the original intention was inherently racist. Nonetheless, Willingham continues:
Some interpretations of these lyrics contend Key was in fact taking pleasure in the deaths of freed black slaves who had decided to fight with the British against the United States.
In order to bolster their numbers, British forces offered slaves their freedom in British territories if they would join their cause during the war. These black recruits formed the Colonial Marines, and were looked down upon by people like Key who saw their actions as treasonous.
As an anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner” has never been a unanimous fit. Since it was officially designated as the national anthem in 1931, Americans have debated the suitability of its militaristic lyrics and difficult tune. (Some have offered up “God Bless America” and “America the Beautiful” as alternatives.)
So not only is the national anthem racist, but it’s too militaristic? Seriously?
Look, the left decided anything resembling a Confederate flag needed to be banned, so they declared war on the Confederate flag.
The left decided the Washington Redskins mascot is racist, so they declared war on the Washington Redskins.
The left thinks Columbus Day, opposing Obamacare, voting for Donald Trump, immigration enforcement, criticizing the IRS, disagreeing with Barack Obama, Republicans supporting black candidates, and opposing welfare are all racist. They have sought to eliminate such things.
Now, the national anthem is in their crosshairs. And don’t think for a minute they can’t cause a national conniption over the anthem. Just wait.
But it’s not just fringe outlets like The Root and Past Magazine. The Guardian has made the case against the national \anthem, so has the NY Daily News, Fusion has as well (no surprise there), and of course, NBC News did too.
This Colin Kaepernick incident might be the rallying cry for liberals to purge the Star Spangled Banner from our national identity.