Overpower Radio
10Nov/172

Star Spangled Chains

The NAACP calls for the removal of the 'Star-Spangled Banner' as the national anthem. (source: WSVN News 7)

The Facebook community shows its patriotism with great disrespect, as members comment, "move to another country," if you don't like it. To my surprise, I noticed more Latin immigrants posting these messages than anyone else. (source: WSVN News 7 on Facebook)

The third verse of the 'star-spangled banner', which many are unfamiliar with includes;

"No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,"

Slave to Soldiers

In it, the "hireling and slave." refers to Black slaves hired to fight on the side of the British during the War of 1812. The stanza glorifies America's defeat of one of two units of Black slaves recruited to fight for the British (on the promise of gaining their freedom). The author of it was a wealthy slave owner who believed Black people were an inferior race of people. He did not have us in mind as he envisioned America being "the land of the free". As so many slaves fought for their freedom "The Star Spangled Banner" celebrates the triumph over them. America demanded the return of slaves during a peace treaty in 1814, but the British refused. They, the former slaves, settled in Canada with some of them going to Trinidad.

(source: The 'Star-Spangled Banner' and Slavery)
(source: British Colonial Marines Were Comprised Of Freed Slaves)

For all Black Americans, that have heard the build up in the anthem, "for the land of the free, and the home of the brave," it's important to know that it didn't include you, because it did not include your ancestors.

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2Nov/170

God First

To ((( Father & Mother God ))) be true. Love is not to be sacrificed for money or fame and should not be traded for anything less than itself.  Whatever you choose to do, always do it for Love.

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