The California chapter of the NAACP has called "The Star-Spangled Banner" a "racist" and "anti-black" song, and says it will call on Congress to remove it as the national anthem, The Sacramento Bee reported.
"Most Americans only know the first part of the song but Key added a third stanza to the song right after America lost the battle in 1815 decrying the former slaves who were now working for the British army", said California Hawaii NAACP President Alice Huffman.
She says there's a verse in the song, that isn't normally sung at events, that references slaves. The three resolutions are: I. Resolution calling for the removal from Congress the resolution making the star-spangled banner the National Anthem II. "This song is wrong; it shouldn't have been there, we didn't have it 'til 1931, so it won't kill us if it goes away".
The first resolution calls on Congress to change the anthem, while the second demands a censure of President Trump for his comments bashing National Football League players who participate in the protests. Critics say everyone should stand and that those who refuse to do so are disrespecting the US flag.More news: OJ Simpson Kicked Out Of Las Vegas Hotel For Being Drunk, Belligerent
This news comes as protests surrounding the national anthem have become a focal point of the "culture war". Get rid of the song altogether, Huffman told The Bee. "I believe that any individual that hears the song, that believes in the song should take the time to understand what the song is really saying", said NAACP Regional Director Ronald Hasson.
The "Star-Spangled Banner" has been our national anthem since 1931, but the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is looking to change that.