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No refuge could save the hireling and slave From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave, And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
originally posted by: Astyanax
a reply to: thinline
What a thin little excuse that is.
Look: patriotism and xenophobia are essentially the same attitude in different clothes. All national anthems are racist, even the ones that sound innocuous. People sing them while they march off to kill other races.
originally posted by: thinline
The Star Spangled Banner lyrics "...and slave" is a direct reference to the British practice of Impressment (kidnapping American seamen and forcing them into service on British man-of war ships). This was a Important cause of the War of 1812
So how do you feel now?
originally posted by: abe froman
a reply to: hopenotfeariswhatweneed
What is sad to me is that the word "slave" used in The Star Spangled Banner has nothing at all to do with race but some people keep trying so hard to make it seem like it does.
But hey, anything to cause more division, right?
By the mid-1800s, the phrase “hireling and slave” could be found in the writing of slavery’s supporters to differentiate between wage laborers and those in actual bondage. Whether this usage was adopted from “The Star-Spangled Banner” or the other way around is unclear, but William Grayson, a U.S. representative from South Carolina, even titled a famed 1855 pro-slavery poem “The Hireling and the Slave.” Grayson contended that slavery had been a “blessing” for Africans and was morally superior to a system of wage work. Grayson also described whites using a new term he had coined: a “master race.”
Nonsense. Liking one country does not equal hating another
abe froman @ thinline
your truth telling doesn't fit the agenda, so you're a racist.
No National Anthems are Nationalistic NOT racist there's a difference
originally posted by: Gothmog
Except , in the OFFICIAL US version , some parts are not recognized. Does anyone sing those parts ? No. Has anyone ever sung those parts ? I doubt it