Is the Star Spangled Banner Racist or is it a war song? Is it something else all together? Post your response here.
9/27/2017 08:50:16 am
I think no because it represents the military and what they been thru.
9/27/2017 08:50:45 am
yes the song is very racist and basically a diss for black people mad that they fought for there freedom and won that show u that president trump is a racist person because he know what the star bangle mean
9/27/2017 08:50:56 am
I think the national anthem is not racist because they are taking about people who went to war.
9/27/2017 08:51:12 am
the national anthem was really racist because they talking about war and the freedom but war caused non freedom for most people but the flag probably represent someone that had died
cristian vargas per:4
9/27/2017 08:51:47 am
i think the star spangled banger is a war song because francis scott key said that he wrote a poem when the u.s invaded the british in baltimore.
9/27/2017 08:54:00 am
I personally think that it is racist, once you read the short article about how the song was created and what it is about, you will think its just peer racism. In the article you will read about how Francis Key wrote this song/poem and it explains how it was mostly about African Americans , slavery was put in different words. This song that America admires so much , is VERY racist.
9/27/2017 08:54:23 am
To me the American anthem was talking about the war. But the anthem came from Frank Scott who was a prisoner on the British ship. They wanted to send free black men back to Africa.
9/27/2017 08:59:56 am
Its racist in so many ways.First being taught the national anthem never have any one told us that it was always more to the anthem .It talk about slaves who was fighting for freedom and it seem to the guy who wrote the anthem that it was a problem for him and that Africa american weren't allowed to be free .
9/27/2017 02:27:01 pm
I agree with iyonnaechols, the fact that they taught us this anthem but never told us its true meaning is sad because we almost grew up singing a literal national anthem and not even know it true meaning.
9/27/2017 10:48:25 am
The national anthem is a war song, it clearly talks about bombs bursting and the flag still being there.
9/27/2017 10:50:24 am
yes the song is about war and is racist also because the song has racial lines i did research on the national anthem and its lines referring to slavery and how slaves fought on the british side because they were promised freedom if done so
9/27/2017 10:50:58 am
Per;5______The national anthem is clearly a war song.I say this because it doesnt mention nothing els but bombs and rockets.It does not talk about liberty or being free.
9/27/2017 10:51:52 am
I think the song could be racist but also just be about war because it is talking about war but it does not say which war it could be talking about the civil war which was a war that to keep and protect the institution of slavery which the confederate sates of america(also known as the south) wanted to fight for but the north wanted to end it.
wanya issiah period:5
9/27/2017 10:52:30 am
I believe that the star spangled banner is a war song but it's also racist because it isn't talking about liberty pursuit of happiness or life right now in Puerto Rico people are suffering without electricity or food or water they can't even take a shower but if this was a white country then Donald Trump would have called for help so people can help them but since they are Mexican and African American Donald Trump don't want to help he to busy feuding with the NFL a year after Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem. Donald Trump should stop worrying about the NFL and should start helping people in Puerto Rico
Stephanie Morales per.5
9/27/2017 10:53:21 am
The national anthem really doesn't say anything about being free it only mentions bombs and war.
9/27/2017 11:00:45 am
The star spangled banner is a war song because it tells how rockets are shot up in the air and how the country and the people who fought or freedom are brave
Lawan per. 5
9/27/2017 11:01:18 am
The "star spangled banner" song is a war and also a racist song. The author of the song key was not against slavery as stated in the passage above stating " enlightened men at the time, not against slavery". It shows how he approved slavery." He did not want blacks fighting for their right in the british army. The original lyrics states in the text saying "Their blood has wash’d out their foul footstep’s pollution.
nyelah middlebrooks P.5
9/27/2017 11:01:30 am
Yes the national anthem is a war song but it's also a racist song because the songs talks about how the bombs bursting. The anthem also racist because Francis scoot key said black people who fought for their freedom is bold and stupid.
Bryan Barron p.5
9/27/2017 11:02:19 am
There is more to this song than you would normally hear in school. There is a second stanza that goes more into detail about the war that the anthem talks about. I suggest you read it. Therefore i think its a war song.
Jose Alvarez Per.5
9/27/2017 11:04:03 am
I say that the national anthem is a war song because basically it is taking about rockets and bombs in the song.
9/27/2017 11:05:21 am
The song is a war song.
9/27/2017 11:07:10 am
i think that this song is actually about war and about slavery and racism because if you listen close you can hear them singing about it.
Jose Flores Period 5
9/27/2017 11:09:23 am
I believe the national anthem is a war song but since I read the hidden verse on the song I think is a racially intended song to disrespect the slaves. I think the reason for this is because the Americans were at war with the British during the creation of this song and I think the slaves were fighting along side the British and the whites didn't like it.
Karina Sotelo P.5
9/27/2017 11:09:56 am
I believe that the Star Spangled is a war song because it did not mention anything about racist lyrics on the National Anthem. It mentions about the flag, bomb, the land of the United States, and rocket.
9/27/2017 02:19:24 pm
The song is about war if you pay attention, most people only ted to sing the most known part of the song, but if you look deeper into the meaning of the words and the phrases sung in the song it will tell you that america has always been a war country.
Jimmya Jones per.6
9/27/2017 02:19:50 pm
The Star Spangled banner is a war song because it describes events that would occur during a war.
9/27/2017 02:20:30 pm
i really just think its a war song
Alejandra R per6
9/27/2017 02:22:20 pm
Several people judge the NFL players for kneeling during the National Anthem. Why respect a song that you dislike ? That doesn't make any sense . The song was not talking about freedom it was talking about war and bombing.
Melanie Hernandez Period *6
9/27/2017 02:25:45 pm
I think this song is about slavery and how no matter what the 'black" people and British people were doing to the land he loved that it was still standing. This song shows his hatred towards them and I think that it shouldn't stay our national anthem especially since im sure others know what this man was meaning when he wrote it.
Deaundre Williams Per6
9/27/2017 02:26:10 pm
The Song And whoever the author is racist because how can you make a song about war and be racial . if the song wasnt a bad song were the whole song at ?
Salma Moreno p.6
9/27/2017 02:26:40 pm
The song is talking about war what does war they just cover it up with is where the land of the brave or free so they just cover it up.
9/27/2017 02:27:20 pm
to me the american anthem was about war and i believe it like this cause of the white supremeces
Julio Flores Per.6
9/27/2017 02:31:52 pm
I believe that the star spangled banner is racist because they cut out a part of the song that talked about slavery,which to me sounds like they tried to cover their tracks about slavery and racism.
9/27/2017 02:34:33 pm
The Star-Spangled Banner is a war song. I feel as it has nothing to do with racism. It talks about the flag and some more things.This is definitely a war song.
Malajah Jones Per.6
9/27/2017 02:49:19 pm
I believe that the "Star Spangled Banner" is an war and racist song. As you read the lyrics to the song it states," And Thy rocket's red glare, Thy bombs bursting in air" which is clearly referring to war. If you also read the article you'll read about how Francis Key wrote this song and how it's mostly about Americans.
9/28/2017 11:12:21 am
I feel as if the national anthem of this country " The Star Spangled Banner" is a very patriotic and racist song. According to the "Star Spangled Bigotry", “The Star-Spangled Banner” is as much a patriotic song as it is a diss track to black people who had the audacity to fight for their freedom". This demonstrates how the U.S is a nation of racists and feel superior towards other ethnicities.
Raymond Aguilar p2
9/28/2017 11:15:28 am
i personally think that the national anthem is not a racist song because it is a song of war and there where many black soilders in the us army during the civil war about 180,000 and out of those 90,000 where former slaves to confederate states so it honors all soilders of all colors
Joshua Quintanilla Period 2
9/28/2017 11:21:31 am
In my opinion is that the star spangled banner is a racist anthem. Francis Scott Key the person who wrote the anthem left out a third stanza talking about how " the blood of all the former slaves and 'hirelings' on the battlefield will wash away the pollution of the British invaders." With this said why remove that stanza and try to cover up how racist the song is?
Ulices Luna Per 2
9/28/2017 11:24:17 am
The "Star Spangled star" is both a racist song and a war song. For example, "he wrote a full third stanza decrying the former slaves who were now working for the British army... No refuge could save the hireling and slave"(Star Spangled Bigotry). This demonstrates that Key got the idea from watching a battle and how he was racist because some soldiers were black.
Bryan Rivas p.2
9/28/2017 11:24:37 am
I believe that the "Star Spangled Banner" is a racist and war song. I believe this because it has a mix of both in the song we just do not know the second part. I get it many will say it is only a war song because it primarily talks about the scenes of war but in the article "Star-Spangled Bigotry" it states, "...he wrote a full third stanza decrying the former slaves who were now working for the British army." This article shows how his pro-slavery beliefs came out during the writing of the national anthem. This also shows how the United States government has gone out of there way to hide this third stanza from the public.
Shayla Jordan Period 2
9/28/2017 11:24:51 am
The "Star Spangled Banner" is both a war and racist song. Francis Scott Key wrote this song or poem during the war in 1812, "Francis Scott Key was a prisoner on a British ship during the War of 1812 and wrote this poem while watching the American troops battle back the invading British in Baltimore. " Most of the lyrics, we've never heard them because they purposely leave that out, which is a smart decision (not on our part). The rest of the song is about Black slaves, "...was about as pro-slavery, anti-black and anti-abolitionist," which we should have guessed because, back in the 1800's, pro-slavery was a big thing. So the National Anthem or the Star Spangled Banner are both about war and racism.
Shalease Reed Per 2
9/28/2017 11:25:23 am
I think the the star spangled banner is a very racist song it doesn't matter if you say blacks fought in the war or not we were forced to fight.
Max Aparicio per 2
9/28/2017 11:29:00 am
I believe that the Star "Spangled Banner" song is both a racist and a patriotic song. As, it states at The Root/Star spangled bigotry the hidden racist history of the national anthem,"The star spangled banner is as much a patriotic song as it is a diss track to black people." This evidence shows us that originally this was a racist poem, but now it is our national anthem.
9/28/2017 11:29:09 am
The Star-Spangled Banner was supposedly written as a war song during the War of 1882, by prisoner Francis Scott Key. The war was between Britain and the United States. On the British team were a battalion of runaway slaves who sided with them in exchange for freedom, called Marines. Key was pro-slavery, anti-blach and anti-abolitionist. What many people dont know is that Key wrote a fourth stanza to the anthem which states," Their blood has wash’d out their foul footstep’s pollution.No refuge could save the hireling and slave". In other words Key was saying that he was happy that the African American slaves were dying.
9/28/2017 11:29:38 am
In my opinion, the "Star Spangled Banner", is an war song. In the lyrics to the poem "Star Spangled Banner" written by, Francis Scott Key it illustrate,"And thy rocket's red glare,
Jasmine H. Per 2.
9/28/2017 11:31:43 am
The Star Spangled Banner song is a representation of racism. Racism has been ongoing for as long as we can remember and has always been portrayed in the national anthem.Even today, racism is still present in our everyday lives. For example, the article Star-Spangled Bigotry states "“The Star-Spangled Banner” is as much a patriotic song as it is a diss track to black people who had the audacity to fight for their freedom." In other words, it is clear that the national anthem criticizes people of color. Moreover, Eric Reid states "And it’s disheartening and infuriating that President Trump has referred to us with slurs but the neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Va., as “very fine people.” This indicates that even today, the President of the United States operates racism and prejudices people of color. As stated before, the Star Spangled banner promotes racism in this country.
Ashley Cortez Per2
9/28/2017 11:37:52 am
I agree with your argument, racism has always been around and specifically Donald Trump has pointed this out by targeting people of color.
Elias Cortes period 2
9/28/2017 11:32:04 am
In my opinion I think that the national anthem is a war song the full song also has parts that are racist. For example the author writes,"And thy rocket's red glare,Thy bombs bursting in air." In these lines the author describes the seen of the ongoing battle between the British and the Americans during the war of 1812. In another part of the song/ poem the author writes,"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..." This proves the part of the song that is racist because the author says the blood of the former slaves will washout the pollution the British have brought and that he is happy that they are dying.
Jessica Alejandro Per.4
9/28/2017 11:32:17 am
Even though the national anthem of this country talks about war, people tend to forget about another part of this poem that is easily disregarded. According to "Star-Spangled Bigotry", the text states, "The Star Spangled Banner is as much a patriotic song as it is a diss track to black people who had the audacity to fight for their Freedom." This poem that Americans praise also downgrades the people of color because they fought for their freedom in the way the soldiers disapproved of. As a result, not only are Americans praising a war song but racism as well.
Justin Stinson, Per 2
9/28/2017 11:32:42 am
I personally feel that the "Star-Spangled Banner" is a racist and war song. This song has a much deeper meaning to it than people actually think. After reading "Star-Spangled Bigotry: The Hidden Racist History of the National Anthem" I now have a deeper understanding of what the song actually means. In the article, it talks about a man named Francis Scott Key. This man has made a racist song based on the black people who were fighting for their freedom. The article states,"His troops were taken to the woodshed by the very black folks he disdained, and he fled back to his home in Georgetown to lick his wounds." You can just imagine that he is upset that he was basically defeated by black people. Also many do not know that there were parts of the song that were removed because they knew that those parts would spark controversy and that is where the racism was said. "In other words, Key was saying that the blood of all the former slaves and “hirelings” on the battlefield will wash away the pollution of the British invaders." This is saying that Key was happy the blacks were dying for helping out the British. Overall, this song has been edited to where people do not understand the full truth about what was really going on.
9/28/2017 11:34:03 am
I believe that the Star Spangled Banner is a war song. For one, in the Star Spangled Banner written by Francis Scott Key he states: "Through the perilous fight...And thy rocket's red glare,
Ashley Cortez Per 2
9/28/2017 11:34:49 am
The National Anthem is a war song in my opinion. In the article, "Star-Spangled Bigotry" mentions a few lines of the national anthem, "The bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through thee night, That our flag was still there." This defiantly lets me understand that there was war going on during this time and in the end the victory was a success for the U.S The star spangled banner has represented Americas Anthem and many people do not always stand while its being played. It's become a big issue in which people like Eric Reid have decided to kneel on leg to protest to show respect but many people are against this. He simply wants to honor the men and woman who have fought for America in his own way "to live in a fair and free society"
9/28/2017 11:40:58 am
Have a stronger argument but other than that, good points.
9/28/2017 11:35:13 am
I believe the "Star Spangled Banner" by Francis Scott Key is a war song with racist lyrics.It talks about war with lines like: "thy bombs bursting in air". Before he wrote this song slaves got the best of him, so he was bitter. I believe this bitterness prompted him to make "a diss track to black people who had the audacity to fight for their freedom.
Jacquelin Loaiza-Ruiz (per.2)
9/28/2017 11:36:07 am
I think its really racist because to think about it the way it was written. Yeah the song is talking about war, but on the other hand it's racist.
Valerie Mata (Period 2)
9/28/2017 11:36:59 am
The Star Spangled Banner is a racist song because in the article "Star-Spangled Bigotry" by The Root it is stated, " "The Star-Spangled Banner" is as much a patriotic song as it is a diss track to black people who had the audacity to fight for their freedom". This shows that since African American tried to be equal they got even more mistreated and this song was written by someone who was not against slavery.
Deysi Calderon Per.2
9/28/2017 11:38:43 am
I believe that the "Star Spangled Banner" written by Francis Scott Key, is both a war and racist song. The song says "And thy rocket's red glare, Thy bombs bursting in air..." which clearly talks about war, but in an article titled "Star-Spangled Bigotry: The Hidden Racist History of the National Anthem" by Jason Johnson, it states,"The Marines were a battalion of runaway slaves who joined with the British Royal Army in exchange for their freedom." This shows how the slaves had to fight for the white supremacists who promised them independence. The entire song just states how America is a "land of the free, and the home of the brave" according to white supremacist Francis Scott Key, but it was not because the slaves were never freed. Therefore, it is a racist song because it was written by a white supremacist, but is a war song as well.
Jancarlo Anguiano APUSH
9/28/2017 11:41:00 am
I believe the Star-Spangled Banner was originally written as a discriminatory song towards African-Americans during the Revolution, butsome words were removed and some replaced to make it seem like a war song. Although Francis Scott Key did write about the war, there was a complete verse taken out of the song. The article "Star-Spangled Bigotry: The Hidden Racist History of the National Anthem" tells the full story of the anthem that no school will tell you. The article states "In other words, Key was saying that the blood of all the former slaves and 'hirelings' on the battlefield will wash away the pollution of the British invaders. With Key still bitter that some black soldiers got the best of him a few weeks earlier, 'The Star-Spangled Banner' is as much a patriotic song as it is a diss track to black people who had the audacity to fight for their freedom." This shows Key as he was, a pro-slavery, anti-black and anti-abolitionist who wrote the anthem (before the removal of the 3rd verse) as a way to disrespect them for fighting against everything he believed in, for their freedom and for the abolishment of slavery. So although the current national anthem is a song of Patriotism and war, the original was racist and, to an extent, an anthem for white supremacists.
9/28/2017 11:41:36 am
I think the national anthem is both a racist and war song. For example, in "Star-Spangled Bigotry" they mention a third stanza no one remembers that talks about former slaves who were now working with the British army and in the stanza there is a line that says "No refuge could save the hireling and slave from the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave" This shows that the national anthem was racist towards black people. There is another example on why the anthem was talking about war "Thy bombs bursting in air." This explains the bombs thrown during the war.
Joseph Cardenas Per. 2
9/28/2017 11:41:36 am
The U.S. anthem song "Star Spangled Banner" can be both racist or reference to war. The article "Star-Spangled Bigotry: The Hidden Racist History of the National Anthem" states," ... "The Star-Spangled Banner" is as much as a patriotic song as it is a diss track to black people who had the audacity to fight for their period". African American people had to go to war with the British team to gain their liberty and freedom. The song talks about the war against British people including African Americans and the song is pride for winning against them.
9/28/2017 11:41:45 am
I believe the song is about both. The part where everyone sings at a game it is talking about war. For the rest of the song the writer wrote "the blood of all the former slaves and “hirelings” on the battlefield will wash away the pollution of the British invaders" Because of the slaves risking their lives to be free he was upset about being a prisoner to the Brit.
Juan Per. 2
9/28/2017 11:41:57 am
I think that the star spangled banner is racist and a war song. The reason why I think it racist is because as said in the article Eric Reid: Why Colin Kaepernick and I Decided to take a Knee is says " It has always been my understanding that the brave men and women who fought and died for our country did so to ensure that we could live in a fair and free society, which includes the right to speak out in protest" and they are getting the opposite because Colin Kaepernick is not getting the right to protest.
9/28/2017 11:42:18 am
I personally believe that the the song Star Spangled Banner was made for, hating on African Americans who have joined the british, but later apart of the song would be the national anthem. As it states on the website The Root it states,"diss track to black people who had the audacity to fight for their freedom. Perhaps that’s why it took almost 100 years for the song to become the national anthem." This evidence shows us that at first this poem directly attacked black slaves who joined forces with the british, but now is apart of our nation.
Kate Valencia (period 2)
9/28/2017 11:44:21 am
According to articles that I have been informed by about the history of the "Star Spangled Banner" National Anthem, the song can be entitled to both a war song and a racist song. Though it is known to be a war song, the roots of the song also included an intention to discriminate by someone who was not necessarily known for going against slavery/discrimination. For instance, in an article titling Star-Spangled Bigotry: The Hidden Racist History of the National Anthem by Jason Johnson, it says,"This inspired Key to write “The Star-Spangled Banner” right then and there, but no one remembers that he wrote a full third stanza decrying the former slaves who were now working for the British army...". From this we can analyze that although the third stanza is not included in the song that we know, it was written with that intention and it emphasizes it's roots of being a racist song. In addition, in an article by The New York Times by Eric Reid, it says,"A few weeks later, during preseason, my teammate Colin Kaepernick chose to sit on the bench during the national anthem to protest police brutality". From this we can infer that in order to protest against police brutality and racism, they took a knee to a song that is based on brutality.
juvenal morales period 2
9/28/2017 11:46:08 am
The national anthem is a racist song. To begin with, according to the Root article Star-Spangled Bigotry written by Jason Johnson on July 4, 2016, it states that the writer of the national anthem is a racist. He was pro-slavery and anti-abolitionist meaning that he was against ending slavery. If the author of the national anthem was a racist, that would also make the song racist. Also, according to the New York Times article "Eric Reid: Why Colin Kaepernick and I Decided to Take a Knee" Reid states that there is police brutality in the country still to this day. Police brutality is when the white police men act cruel to the African American race and assume that they are doing something negative or breaking a law.
9/28/2017 11:46:31 am
The "Star Spangled star" is a racist song about war. For example, "he wrote a full third stanza decrying the former slaves who were now working for the British army... No refuge could save the hireling and slave"(Star Spangled Bigotry). This shows how Key wrote about how slaves were in the army fighting for freedom and how the war influence the song.
Jenny Sanchez P.2
9/28/2017 11:48:52 am
I am convinced that our national anthem has a totally different meaning than it was intended to be. I have always thought that the " Star-Spangled Banner" was a song about unity and nationalism, it was something for us to be proud of, but instead it turned out to be a racist song towards African- Americans. The person who composed this song was named Francis Scott Key, an aristocrat and city prosecutor who experienced a tragic event (war) during the 1800s. This war influenced his writing. For example, he wrote one stanza that many of us don't recognize "And where is that band who so vauntingly swore,
Justin Zelaya P2
9/28/2017 11:49:51 am
I believe that the national anthem, "Star Spangled Banner," is a form of racism. For example, as stated in the "Star Spangled Banner" written by Francis Scott Key says "No refuge could save the hireling and slave, From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave," which means blood of the former slaves and hirelings on the battlefield will wash away the pollution of the British invaders.
9/28/2017 11:54:27 am
The great American national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner" was created by Francis Scott Key. This song is an anti-abolitionist poem from a white man. "Key was an aristocrat and city prosecutor" as stated in "Star-Spangled Bigotry". He was an aristocrat, a wealthy white person, the people who own slaves. Most people do not even know about the third stanza. In that stanza he dissed off black slaves who were fighting fro their freedom by joining with the British. Then in "Eric Reid: Why Colin Kaepernick and I Decided to Take a Knee" Eric states that they were kneeling because that was respectful than sitting down. Yet people believe they are disrespecting the flag, country, and troops. Personally I believe the anthem is racist and people that are peacefully protesting are being shamed.
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