SOURCE: Classic FM
Musicians and historians suggest the anthem, which was written by a 19th-century slave owner, has run its course as America’s national song.
SOURCE: Creators Syndicate
by Jamie Stiehm
It's odd that Trump could give a speech about Francis Scott Key with nearly all the facts wrong; the slaveowner was a key adviser to Andrew Jackson, the model for Trump's brand of white reactionary populism.
by Brent Staples
The truth is that the maxims about freedom implied in the song describe a condition the country has yet to achieve. People who confront that reality by kneeling prayerfully on the football field are often more determinedly patriotic than those who reflexively stand.
SOURCE: The Root
by Jason Johnson
In the third, forgotten stanza, Francis Scott Key refers darkly to the members of the Colonial Marines, a battalion of runaway slaves who joined with the British Royal Army in exchange for their freedom.
by Steve Vogel
The man who wrote the Star Spangled Banner opposed the war his song celebrates.
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