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The NAACP's California chapter is pushing state lawmakers to work with it to remove “The Star-Spangled Banner” as the United States's national anthem because it's “racist.”
The progressive organization sent out — and passed — two resolutions during its state conference in October, The Sacramento Bee reported. One of those resolutions is urging Congress to rescind the national anthem because it's “one of the most racist, pro-slavery, anti-black songs in the American lexicon.”
California NAACP President Alice Huffman said Congress, which adopted “The Star-Spangled Banner” as the national anthem in 1931, should find a replacement that's not “another song that disenfranchises part of the American population.”
The other resolution calls on Congress to censure President Donald Trump for criticizing NFL players who take a knee during the national anthem and demands the league find a team for former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who started the controversial protest in 2016 as a way to highlight perceived racial injustice in America.
“We owe a lot of it to Kaepernick,” Huffman said. “I think all this controversy about the knee will go away once the song is removed.”
There was at least one lawmaker, though, who opposed the NAACP's request. Assemblyman Travis Allen (R), who is running for governor, said both the flag and the anthem “unite us as Americans.”
“Protesting our flag and national anthem sows division and disrespects the diverse Americans who have proudly fought and died for our country,” he said. “Real social change can only happen if we work together as Americans first.”
But according to Huffman, it was Trump who started this fight — “He blew it out of proportion,” she said — and it doesn't look like the California NAACP has any plans to back down.