R&B singer John Legend has announced to the world that he believes the National Anthem, the “Star Spangled Banner” is weak.
In response to San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, a biracial, multimillionaire, overpaid, 2nd string benchwarmer, making the announcement that he will not stand to honor a flag of a country that oppresses black people, Legend took to Twitter to say he thinks the song which celebrates Old Glory is weak.
He thinks “America the Beautiful” would be a better choice for the National Anthem.
My vote is for America the Beautiful. Star spangled banner is a weak song anyway. And then you read this… https://t.co/iAE62FAbxj
— John Legend (@johnlegend) August 30, 2016
The article on The Intercept that Legend links to is part of the longstanding liberal attempt to attack the National Anthem as racist in an attempt to get it replaced. After all, the song celebrates freedom, duty, bravery, and commitment to the men and women serving in the armed forces.
As the Daily Signal points out, The Intercept attacks the National Anthem as “literally celebrating the murder of ‘African-Americans’ leaving out one key fact. The stanza they reference is nowhere in the modern day national anthem. But they can’t let that fact get in the way of their attack on America.
Perhaps John Legend, who thinks the “Star Spangled Banner” is weak, needs to do a little reading to learn what an actual escaped slave, Frederick Douglass, believed and felt about America and the “Star Spangled Banner.”
Frederick Douglass, an escaped slave who played a critical role in the abolitionist movement in the mid-19th century, had been a frequent critic of American policy and the existence of the “peculiar institution.” However, he believed that the dearly held principles of the Declaration of Independence, and its unequivocal statement that all men are “created equal,” would eventually lead to slavery’s dissolution.
Douglass pulled no punches in criticizing slavery as a massive contradiction in American life, but he understood the evils of the system would be corrected by embracing the country’s origins rather than rejecting them. He encouraged black Americans to sign up and fight for the Union under the American flag during the Civil War, played a crucial role in recruitment efforts, and convinced many former slaves to serve in the military and embrace the United States as the vessel—not the thwarter—of freedom.
Douglass was known to frequently play “The Star-Spangled Banner” on his violin for his grandchildren in the years after the war. He said in an 1871 speech at Arlington National Cemetery that “if the star-spangled banner floats only over free American citizens in every quarter of the land, and our country has before it a long and glorious career of justice, liberty, and civilization, we are indebted to the unselfish devotion of the noble army.”
It’s a shame that multimillionaires like Colin Kaepernick and John Legend have such disdain for the very country that granted them opportunities beyond their imagination, despite the narrative being pushed by far too many that blacks don’t have a fair shot in America. They, and the anarchists in Black Lives Matter, could learn a thing or two from Frederick Douglass, who incidentally was a Republican.
Sadly, many in Black Lives Matter would likely call Frederick Douglass an “Uncle Tom” because, despite escaping slavery, he believed in America and loved his country.