Francis Scott Key was racist and pro-slavery. And so is The Star Spangled Banner.
A little knowledge sharing: Francis Scott Key, the man who wrote the poem that became our national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner, was a racist who opposed the end of slavery and openly fought against Abolitionists.
And in the original text of his poem was a declaration of that belief that was removed for the song. Racism is built into the very DNA of this countries systems and institutions. We need to be aware of these threads not because eliminating the threads is the end all be all, but because where there is smoke there is fire.
If our national anthem is inherently racist, then it’s easier to believe that our treasury department is, that our legal systems are, and that our housing market isn’t built for everyone. Something you never considered is racist. Shouldn’t you re-examine everything you think “isn’t racist” and do a little re-education?
If you were curious, here is an article and the excerpt that was removed from the song. And as always, if this was helpful, buy me a upside down caramel macchiato with soy ($6.33).