Left Coast NAACP wants to ban national anthem


Huffman says that verse celebrates the deaths of slaves who fought for freedom. The civil rights organization suggested the song is anti-black and racist. Kaepernick played for the San Francisco 49ers and kneeled in protest of police brutality against African-Americans.

The national anthem has become a political tool since Trump's attack on NFL players who choose to protest.

However, Huffman claimed that the message behind Kaepernick's protest became blurred when debates involved patriotism and respect for the military.

There are opposing views about the meaning of the lyrics from the original version of "The Star-Spangled Banner".

"It's racist", she said of the national anthem.

"There are still some people who agree that the national anthem should not be representing all Americans, because at the time it was written, blacks were enslaved", Muwakkil said. Huffman suggested that those lyrics should be replaced with something more racially sensitive. We love the flag.

The organization is urging Congress to jettison the national anthem after passing a resolution at its October 26-29 state conference describing the tune as "one of the most racist, pro-slavery, anti-black songs in the American lexicon".

The California NAACP is forwarding a resolution to state lawmakers that seeks to remove "The Star-Spangled Banner" as the national anthem. "This country is a country that has shared values, and the more we respect each other, the better off we'll be as a country", Huffman added.

"It's racist; it doesn't represent our community, it's anti-black", she said.

The first resolution calls on Congress to change the anthem, while the second demands a censure of President Trump for his comments bashing National Football League players who participate in the protests.

Davis, a lawmaker from IL, told The Daily Caller there's "nothing wrong" with a California NAACP effort to have state lawmakers ban the anthem.