Liberal Democrats often seem like lunatics to me. This is another one of those times.
“I thought the left jumped the shark on the whole “all Donald Trump supporters are either white nationalists, Nazis, white supremacists, racists, or KKK members” meme a couple of weeks ago. I felt as if their hatred of the President, which they have somehow re-branded as love, has left them not clear thinking and has actually begun to get to the point where nobody could take them seriously any more.
But just when I thought they could not surprise me any more I realized I was selling them short because now Salon is claiming the National Anthem is a neo-Confederate symbol, I kid you not, here is more:
The Star-Spangled Banner hasn’t quite made it on the chopping block like other symbols of our nation’s dark history with slavery, but it’s next in line.
Making sure of that is Salon staff writer Jefferson Morley whose latest article dives into the patriotic song’s origins and concludes that the anthem is just “another neo-Confederate symbol.”
Without calling for an outright ban on singing the song at national events or before ball games, Morley lands just shy of that suggestion:
Key’s “Star-Spangled Banner,” with its lyrics deriding black people who took up arms to gain their freedom in the War of 1812, became a point of pride for Southerners.
In the decades following the Civil War, the defeated South strove to establish rituals such as Memorial Day, which honored the veterans of northern and southern armies equally, implying equality of respect for their causes.
Honoring “The Star-Spangled Banner” was another such ritual. In 1914, on the centennial of Key’s writing the song, supporters launched a campaign to designate “The Star-Spangled Banner” as the one and only national anthem. At the time “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” and “America the Beautiful” were also considered national anthems, especially in the northern states.
The campaign to elevate the “Banner” was, as one Boston magazine noted in 1914, “a sectarian movement.” That sect was the white supremacist South.
Eventually, Morley notes, “The Southerners won the war in March 1931” when President Herbert Hoover made The Star-Spangled Banner our national anthem.
“Those who wanted ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ to serve as the national anthem could not have been more explicit in their politics,” Morley continued. “The Confederate flag… was also a star-spangled banner.”
“In short,” he concluded, “neo-Confederates elevated ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ from patriotic tune to national anthem as a way of honoring southern slave owners’ rebellion.”
So there you have it, even the National Anthem is racist.”
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