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Do You Know The History Of The American National Anthem?

Published on 10/11/2017
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I recently read a press release written by one of my associates about  athletes who took the knee for the American national anthem.

Today  a video was shared which explained the history behind the anthem. Unfortunately I am unable to acquire the link except (video-1507749359.mp4) to share.

The video was about Shaun King a writer for the New York times relating the story, some time ago, behind the American National Anthem - The Star Spangled Banner.



The following are excerpts of the article written by Shaun King who created an analogy between his like, as a child, of peanut butter and jelly; and why he lost interest.

Now that I have learned the truth about our national anthem and its author, I'll never stand up for it again.

First off, the song, which was originally written as a poem by Francis Scott Key, didn't become our national anthem until 1931 — which was 117 years after Key wrote it. Most of us have no true idea what in the hell we've been hearing or singing all these years, but as it turns out, Key's full poem actually has a third stanza which few of us have ever heard.
The Third Stanza:
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.
To understand the full “Star-Spangled Banner” story, you have to understand the author. Key was an aristocrat and city prosecutor in Washington, D.C. He was, like most enlightened men at the time, not against slavery; he just thought that since blacks were mentally inferior, masters should treat them with more Christian kindness. He supported sending free blacks (not slaves) back to Africa and, with a few exceptions, was about as pro-slavery, anti-black and anti-abolitionist as you could get at the time.
Of particular note was Key’s opposition to the idea of the Colonial Marines. The Marines were a battalion of runaway slaves who joined with the British Royal Army in exchange for their freedom. The Marines were not only a terrifying example of what slaves would do if given the chance, but also a repudiation of the white superiority that men like Key were so invested in.
All of these ideas and concepts came together around Aug. 24, 1815, at the Battle of Bladensburg, where Key, who was serving as a lieutenant at the time, ran into a battalion of Colonial Marines. 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. The British troops, emboldened by their victory in Bladensburg, then marched into Washington, D.C., burning the Library of Congress, the Capitol Building and the White House. You can imagine that Key was very much in his feelings seeing black soldiers trampling on the city he so desperately loved. (End of excerpt)
Key was inspired to write the poem  when though the Americans lost the battle, they managed to inflict heavy casualities on the British.

It is troubling to note that increasing generations  are less aware of their history and seem not to see the importance of knowing it.

You need to know your history to understand where you are coming from, what part it played in you becoming who you are and where, given all  that, you intend to be. And why athletes would take the knee for the American National Anthem, the Star Spangled Banner today. 

I have heard and read a lot of nonsensical and derogatory comments about not having rights on the field to take the knee - peacefully mind you! Where else if no one is listening? And do these nonsensical commentators have  the right to make derogatory remarks because they hold a different view? Where is the right to democracy and free speach? 



I had heard the story before but thank you Shaun King for the reminder.

This subject is no doubt controversial to some but guess what! I Think therefore I am.


Thank you for reading my press release which I trust you will see in an objective light and if it helps you to become curious about your history for a better understanding, then I would have played my part.  Let's be constructive.


Cosmos Parris

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