Friends, I am just an old hillbilly white guy, I say this so that some do not think that I am a racist black person. Don’t get me wrong, every color of people on the planet have members that are racist to their core, white, black, brown, red, whatever. This issue today is about some of the black professional athletes who are protesting our current National Anthem the ‘Star Spangled Banner.’ I understand why many years ago before any of us who are alive today decided that the Star Spangled Banner was a very good song to have as our National Anthem. The time frame was a lot closer to the beginning of our Nation and that the Founding Fathers, and Daughters had the Revolution more fresh in their hearts and minds. When our Constitution was drawn up it was drawn up by all white males who had the ‘Kingdoms’ of Europe as a base to their experiences. We folks today like to think that when the Constitution says that “all people are created equal” that the Founding Fathers were talking about us, all of us. The fact is, that is not true. Their meaning of “all people” simply meant “all white male land owners!” If this measuring stick were used today millions of people who are on the voting rolls would be wiped off of those rolls. Remember, up until the early 1900’s no one in the U.S. could vote, except for white males. Even white women were not allowed to vote, so, can a Country really have been the “home of the free” when the vast majority of the people could have no say so at all in what the government decided to do?
I remember back many years ago that the state of North Carolina’s vehicle license plates read “First in Freedom.” Even as a young kid I thought, how could they be allowed to say this being that North Carolina was a slave state. Just as in our Anthem when it says “home of the free”, it really wasn’t, not in terms that we would use today. So, can I see, do I understand, why some folks, whether they are professional athletes or not, tend to have an issue with this song being ‘our’ National Anthem, do you? One should probably also consider the fact that many of our Nations Founding Fathers, including Francis Scott Key who wrote the Anthem, were slave owners. Yes the Revolution did free the people, all of the people, even ‘colored’ folks from being under the yoke of England, but the Revolution did not make all people free as we today consider ‘free’ to be. So, in reality our Anthem is partly the truth, but definitely not the whole Truth.
It is my personal belief and it has been for quite a few years that the U.S. should change our official National Anthem to ‘America The Beautiful.’ The song is not in any way racist, it is not about war, and it is a beautiful and quite accurate song (just my opinion). This issue that we are seeing today being played out on our T.V. screens is not going to go away, it is only going to get worse. Also, our ‘Idiot In Chief’ is doing nothing but making everything worse every time he opens his pie hole or Tweets. I know that change is difficult but I do believe that it is time, right now, to change our National Anthem to America The Beautiful before the Idiot In Chief blows the top off of the kettle to where there is no going back.