- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 8, 2017

The NAACP’s California chapter is calling on Congress to remove “The Star-Spangled Banner” as the country’s official anthem, deeming it “racist.”

Resolutions passed at the NAACP state convention in October urge Congress to rescind the status “The Star-Spangled Banner” holds as the U.S. national anthem and pledge support for former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, whose protests have swept the NFL, according to reports.

The organization’s president, Alice Huffman, said the Francis Scott Key song is “racist” and “anti-black,” referring to the infrequently-sung third stanza that reads, “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.”

Ms. Huffman said Congress, which adopted “The Star-Spangled Banner” as the national anthem in 1931, should replace the anthem with a song that doesn’t alienate a large chunk of the American population, The Sacramento Bee reported.

“We’re not trying to protest the flag at all,” Ms. Huffman said. “We’re protesting this racist song that has caused so much controversy in America, and we’re just trying to get it removed. So, whatever comes out in the future as a national anthem, we can all stand proudly and sing it.”

The California NAACP will ask state lawmakers for support of the campaign in January.

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