Calif. NAACP launches effort to remove “Star Spangled Banner” as national anthem

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The California state chapter of the NAACP has announced a campaign to remove “The Star-Spangled Banner” as the national anthem, in support of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

“We owe a lot of it to Kaepernick,” California NAACP President Alice Huffman said, according to the Sacramento Bee. “I think all this controversy about the knee will go away once the song is removed.”

The organization intends to hit up California lawmakers in January, once they return to the Capitol, in an effort to be rid of the “offensive” song.

Two resolutions were passed at the NAACP’s California state conference in October – one urges Congress to rescind “one of the most racist, pro-slavery, anti-black songs in the American lexicon” as the national anthem, and the other is a declaration of support for Kaepernick, who initiated the NFL protests against the anthem by kneeling while it was played before games.

The NAACP has now jumped on board, objecting to the song because its author, Francis Scott Key, was a slave owner, the Sacramento Bee reported.

Huffman said Congress, which adopted “The Star-Spangled Banner” as the national anthem in 1931, should find a replacement that is not “another song that disenfranchises part of the American population.”

She drafted the NAACP’s resolutions this fall after President Donald Trump suggested NFL owners should fire any “son of a bitch” who doesn’t stand for the anthem. The second resolution calls on Congress to censure Trump for his remarks, and asks NFL teams to find a spot for Kaepernick, who some believe was blacklisted over the protests.

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