Leftist activists are calling the national anthem an example of a “neo-Confederate” ideology. The leftist online site Salon, wants to ban the national anthem from being played at sporting events because of certain lyrics within the song that are no longer sung.
And for those who need a quick history lesson, the national anthem was written a long time before the Confederacy and Civil War.
Jefferson Morley wrote the piece on the extremist left-wing website Alternet. He began his case starting with Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, the Supreme Court Justice during the infamous Dred Scott decision. Taney ruled in 1857 that slaves were legal property and could not be U.S. citizens.
Morley then continued into the history of Francis Scott Key, who wrote the “Star Spangled Banner,” claiming that the song has “neo-confederate” ideology even though the song was written during the War of 1812, nearly a half-century before the founding of the Confederacy.
Morley goes on to insist that Key’s song, “with its lyrics deriding black people,” became a “point of pride for Southerners” after the Civil War.
The lyrics Morley points to are in the third verse of the original lyrics Key wrote that say, “hireling and slave”. He claims these lyrics represent a “celebration” of chattel slavery and promote confederate ideals.
Historians have already debunked this myth saying that the words refer to the British Navy’s practice of impressing American sailors into serving the Crown. Essentially making American soldiers slaves to the British Navy.
In a Snopes article from 2016, they claim historians dismiss the connection that the third verse is referring to slavery. The verse was written out of the song over the decades following the Civil War, and up until the song became our official anthem in 1931.
Morley goes even further by attacking Memorial Day, saying it “implied equality of respect” for both the Federal and Confederate armies’ causes for fighting. Instead of it meaning a national holiday that respects those who died fighting for their respective causes.
Morley only offers anecdotal examples asserting that southerners were “racist” during the era but does not establish any concrete evidence connecting the “Star Spangled Banner” to supporting racism.
Morley explains further that when the national anthem was being chosen, the “Confederate sympathizers responded by taking their cause” for making the “Star Spangled Banner” their anthem to Congress.
“In the 1920s, as blacks and white liberals denounced Jim Crow laws and lynching’s, the campaign for ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ became a way to wrap the ideology of the Confederacy in the red, white and blue bunting of American patriotism,” he wrote.
Morley continues to support this claim as a given throughout the piece but without ever citing proof that the song was pushed by supporters specifically because the song itself is “racist.”
If you think this attempt to rewrite and sanitize history is starting to get bad, you’d be wrong. It is bad now. And it’s only getting worse. First, statues get torn down, next history books will be rewritten as politically correct versions.
Just wait, it’s happening.