New National Anthem that doesn’t celebrate slavery as a standard of American patriotism.

New National Anthem that doesn’t celebrate slavery as a standard of American patriotism.

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Stefany Thomas started this petition to U.S. House of Representatives and

The United States of America’s National Anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner” was written in 1814 by Francis Scott Key after being inspired by the American flag and the war of 1812 BEFORE the abolition of slavery. Later to be recognized for official use by the United States Navy in 1889, and by U.S. president Woodrow Wilson in 1916, and was made the national anthem by a congressional resolution on March 3, 1931 (46 Stat. 1508, codified at 36 U.S.C. § 301), which was signed by President Herbert Hoover prior to the Civil Rights Movement. 

“The Star-Spangled Banner” contains lyrics that glorify slavery, “No refuge could save the hireling and slave from the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,” in the third verse of the song. These lyrics are innately racist and should not stand as a symbol of patriotism in the United States of America. Changing the anthem will be a step forward for this country as we embrace the beautiful melting pot of cultures and ethnicities that really do make America great!!! 

Full Lyrics of the Star Spangled Banner can be found here: https://amhistory.si.edu/starspangledbanner/pdf/ssb_lyrics.pdf

O say can you see, by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hail'd at the twilight's last gleaming, Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight O'er the ramparts we watch'd were so gallantly streaming? And the rocket's red glare, the bomb bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there,
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes, What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep, As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses? Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam, In full glory reflected now shines in the stream,
'Tis the star-spangled banner - O long may it wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

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.

O thus be it ever when freemen shall stand
Between their lov'd home and the war's desolation!
Blest with vict'ry and peace may the heav'n rescued land Praise the power that hath made and preserv'd us a nation! Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,                     And this be our motto - "In God is our trust,"
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

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