An article published in the Los Angeles Times declared that the Star-Spangled Banner should be replaced.
Instead of the two-centuries-old classic by Francis Scott Key, LA Times contributor, Jody Rosen wants Bill Withers’ 1972 hit “Lean on Me” to be our new National Anthem. (Daily Caller)
“If the point of a national anthem is to provide a mnemonic, a reminder in music and words of the ideas and values that this place is supposed to stand for, you could do worse than ‘Lean on Me,’” Rosen wrote.
He continued: “It’s a message you could build something on, a pretty solid foundation for a decent society. It can bear the load.”
Rosen referred to a July 4 video produced by The Root that argued the “Star-Spangled Banner” is “one of the most racist, pro-slavery, anti-black songs in the American lexicon.” One of the central arguments in the video is that Francis Scott Key, who composed the anthem, was a slave owner.
It’s pretty fair to say dude was a racist,” the video’s narrator said.
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