KING: Why I'll never stand again for 'The Star-Spangled Banner'
Francis Scott Key, who wrote "The Star-Spangled Banner," celebrated slavery in the original lyrics. *** I thought it was an awesome protest move given current day conditions, but now I know the history behind it, I will never again stand for the #Star+Spangled+Banner.
Colin Kaepernick and the Radical Uses of “The Star-Spangled Banner”
In 1844, the abolitionist newspaper the Liberator published “A New Version of the National Song,” with lyrics by a man named E. A. Atlee. Although no music was printed, every reader would have known to sing Atlee’s text to the tune of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” a thirty-year-old song that—alongside “Hail, Columbia” and “Yankee Doodle”—was at the forefront of a list of unofficial American national anthems.