National Anthem is Racist !! (In The News)

by Kenny K, Thursday, November 09, 2017, 17:34 (314 days ago) @ Mike

The line causing the discussion is:

"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".

A little bit of web searching indicates ...

The first sentence is clearly referring to the blood of the enemy - the British.

In the second sentence the word "hireling" supposedly refers to British hired mercenaries.

The word "slave" refers to those who are were forced to work on British Ships. Apparently one of the primary causes of the War of 1812 was the British impressment of American men - "pressing" them - forcing them - to work on British ships against their will.

The next verse says "Oh, thus be it ever when free men shall stand, Between their loved homes and the war's desolation; Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the heav'n-rescued land Praise the Power that has made and preserved us as a nation."

Its pretty clear to me that "free men" doesn't refer to non-slaves or slave owners, but rather Americans who are free from tyranny, and are willing to fight for their freedom.

So, in the end, its my view that this is just more of an ongoing attempt to destroy the roots and history that makes America America. I tired of it.

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