DAILYKENN.com -- Racism is the reason to purge our national identity.
First, they establish that racism is the ultimate evil. It's worse than child abuse, rape, murder, etc.
Second, they associate anyone and anything they don't like with racism.
Third, they use that association as a pretext for damning, condemning, banning, ostracizing, vilifying, etc. that person or thing.
Sometimes the accusation of racism is intrinsic: "The National Anthem includes racist lyrics and must be banned."
Sometimes the accusation of racism is extrinsic: "English literature is not inclusive of all cultures and must be banned."
From ktvu.com ▼
A leadership class at California High School in San Ramon made the decision to no longer include the National Anthem as part of the school’s pep rallies, citing racial controversy.
A student contacted KTVU upset the “Star Spangled Banner” was not sung at the recent winter rally. He provided a recent article written in the school’s paper about it.
“I think that the National Anthem is an important part of our history and culture,” student Dennis Fiorentinos said. “By ignoring it, it pays little respect to those who have fought and died for our freedoms.”
The school’s paper explained that school leadership officers and the rally committee skipped the anthem over controversy from the unsung verses of the song considered racist.
That unsung verse of the National Anthem contains the phrase, “No refuge could save the hireling and slave, from the terror of flight or gloom of the grave” offending many and pushing groups like the NAACP to call for a ban all together.
The article said a leadership advisor agreed the song is problematic and all students need to feel welcomed.
“We didn’t really know why we were doing the anthem during the rally,” advisor Erin McFerrin said. “We just thought it was something maybe we could take out.”
The feelings among students were rather mixed, with some unconcerned while others were bothered.
“I do understand what they were thinking and why they did it,” Fiorentinos said. “But I think it is more important to honor those that have fallen to protect our country.”
The Associated Student Body (ASB) president sent a letter to students after discussion erupted following the rally.
“After learning about the third verse, the other ASB officers and I thought that this was completely unacceptable and must be removed from the rally,” the letter said in part. “We had nothing but good intentions by removing the song so that we could be fully inclusive to our student body.”
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