Advertisement

Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Friday, September 10, 2021

The Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicked off professional American football's first game of the season. But before they did, fans heard something a little different. It started as a song to celebrate the president who emancipated America's slaves.

More

Comments

Admin's note: Participants in this discussion must follow the site's moderation policy. Profanity will be filtered. Abusive conduct is not allowed.

And the racists went nuts.

Love it.

#1 | Posted by Nixon at 2021-09-10 07:00 AM | Reply

Playing the US national anthem at sporting events? Why? Loyalty test? Purposeless and anachronistic. Play ball, period.

#2 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2021-09-10 07:40 AM | Reply

It has roots in Nationalism from WW1 and used to be played for the 7th Inning Stretch by military bands in attendance.

Why? Because the crowd loved it.

#3 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-09-10 08:08 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

WW1 -whip up support through manipulation. Creel Committee type of stuff.

#4 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2021-09-10 11:17 AM | Reply

This is so stupid.

The NHL is primarily white but you don't see them playing an obscure tune because it's supposed to be the white national anthem.

#5 | Posted by Tor at 2021-09-10 11:29 AM | Reply

There is a certain inevitability to this development. We live in a place of tremendous diversity, at a time when each individual's unique diversity is to be celebrated. Having different 'national' anthems to recognize and satisfy different groups of people is both a logical AND a ridiculous 'next step' in our pursuit of group recognition. Personally, my suggestion would be to have just one national anthem, but scrub The Star Spangled Banner with its racist latter verses and agree upon a new anthem that speaks for all Americans

I nominate 'You Gotta Fight For Your Right To Rock by the Beastie Boys. But I am open to other suggestions.

#6 | Posted by moder8 at 2021-09-10 12:24 PM | Reply

WW1 -whip up support through manipulation. Creel Committee type of stuff.

#4 | POSTED BY DOC_SARVIS AT 2021-09-10 11:17 AM | FLAG:

The story of it is far more spontaneous. It started in 1918 but the Anthem wasn't the National Anthem of the United States of America until the 30s.

#7 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-09-10 12:50 PM | Reply

#5 | POSTED BY TOR

The NHL already plays the "white national anthem". It's called the Star Spangled Banner. The lyrics include harassment/threats aimed at black slaves who sought to escape from slavery. The lyrics were written by Francis Scott Key, a wealthy slave owner who was both an advisor to pro-slavery President Andrew Jackson and was a US district attorney who aggressively prosecuted abolitionists. He helped got his brother-in-law, Roger Taney, appointed to be the Supreme Court justice. Taney went on to deliver the Dred Scott decision. Eventually Key's anthem became popular among white southerners and groups such as Daughters of the Confederacy who helped push a congress that had only one black member to pass a resolution recognizing the song as the official Anthem of the country.

#8 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2021-09-10 12:52 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Do tell what part of the Star Spangled Banner that is sung at sporting events even mentions slavery?

Oh right it doesn't.

Now go back to Listing to Michael Jackson and celebrating how pure his music is.

#9 | Posted by Tor at 2021-09-10 01:00 PM | Reply

Tor, respectfully, you do need to learn the history of the song before posting such comments. You can look it up on Google. Here. I've provided one such link.

www.washingtonpost.com

#10 | Posted by moder8 at 2021-09-10 01:03 PM | Reply

Version that's sung makes no mention of that crap and everyone knows this.

Per your logic no one should read Hucklberry Finn because it contains slavery and the N word.

#11 | Posted by Tor at 2021-09-10 01:06 PM | Reply

Resolve this matter by playing the Ray Charles rendition of "America the Beautiful" before every sporting event. Hs 2001 Super Bowl performance was probably the greatest musical work at any Super Bowl--even better than Prince's performance...

#12 | Posted by catdog at 2021-09-10 01:17 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

#11: If you really believe that is "per" my logic, then clearly you do not understand. Per my logic no black American would possibly take joy in celebrating America via a song whose history and latter verses are racist and harken back to the worst days of America's treatment of black people. You cannot expect people to just ignore what the song stood for at the time it was written. As for Huckleberry Finn, any mature person reading it understands just how vehemently anti-slavery the book is. I think all High School students should read it. Use your common sense.

#13 | Posted by moder8 at 2021-09-10 01:52 PM | Reply

How many black musicians have sung the national anthem without any problem?

Are they all uncle toms?

#14 | Posted by Tor at 2021-09-10 01:59 PM | Reply

#11

Good lord, the lyrics are a part of the entire song. Just because it isn't sung currently is irrelevant to the intent of the person who wrote the lyrics. No nation's national anthem should be speak divisively towards any segment of its population.

#12

I agree. I don't understand why America the Beautiful hasn't been our national anthem all along. It speaks to our blessings, the wondrous, bounteous land God bestowed upon us, and our communal brotherhood as one diverse and unique nation.

But if the music from the bawdy English drinking tune must remain as the anthem, then perhaps a lyric-less version would be best. This by far is the most beautiful rendition of our National Anthem I've ever heard, performed by Chris Botti. Notice the eyes and emotions of the players as the force of Botti's trumpet overwhelms the moment.

#15 | Posted by tonyroma at 2021-09-10 02:06 PM | Reply

Per your logic no one should read Hucklberry Finn because it contains slavery and the N word.

#11 | POSTED BY TOR

I'm pretty sure you don't understand what the word "logic" mean. Huck Finn is a satire that mocks slavery and racism and is a criticism of ------ own views that he held earlier in his life when he wrote Tom Sawyer. Finn is an attack on the institutions that Scott-Key was a part of and furthered.

I'll also add that I don't think Huckleberry Finn should be read before a sporting event.

#16 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2021-09-10 02:21 PM | Reply

the nfl...isnt that the gig that billionaires get richer and the crowd cheers the destruction of healthy, young (mostly of color) men?
no justice loving person in their right mind can support the NFL.
it destroys the brains of the players.
it destroys the players,

say no to the NFL.

#17 | Posted by visiter at 2021-09-10 02:42 PM | Reply

#17 | POSTED BY VISITER AT 2021-09-10 02:42 PM | FLAG: ROOOOOL TIDE ROLL!

#18 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-09-10 03:38 PM | Reply

the editing on this site is so odd. Blocked out the author's name.

#19 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2021-09-10 04:17 PM | Reply

say no to the NFL.

#17 | POSTED BY VISITER

About as effective as 'say no to drugs'.

tvline.com

6 year high TV ratings for last night's NFL regular season opener.

#20 | Posted by El_Buscador at 2021-09-10 05:59 PM | Reply

Johnny you ignorant b**** you can pretend all you want like you have some sort of moral High Ground but you're not going to get any p**** this is the internet out here all you're doing is making a fool of yourself by accusing black musicians of being Uncle Tom's.

#21 | Posted by Tor at 2021-09-10 06:50 PM | Reply

"Good lord, the lyrics are a part of the entire song. Just because it isn't sung currently is irrelevant to the intent of the person who wrote the lyrics. No nation's national anthem should be speak divisively towards any segment of its population."

Can you point the last time anyone has ever sung the latter verses at any public event, much less one where it was presented as the national anthem?

#22 | Posted by sentinel at 2021-09-10 09:42 PM | Reply

You resort to personal attacks because you don't have an actual reply because you know what I wrote was the truth.

#23 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2021-09-11 01:38 AM | Reply

#23 - I feel your pain.

#24 | Posted by jakester at 2021-09-11 07:56 AM | Reply

I wonder what happens if someone takes a knee?

#25 | Posted by jakester at 2021-09-11 08:26 AM | Reply

#19 - that is odd. What is offensive about the name of one of America's greatest writers?

#26 | Posted by jakester at 2021-09-11 08:58 AM | Reply

"America the Beautiful" is a wonderful song.

Mark ----- is censored?

#27 | Posted by ClownShack at 2021-09-11 03:37 PM | Reply

You've never heard about Mark ----- being censored?

#28 | Posted by Tor at 2021-09-11 04:29 PM | Reply

I wonder what happens if someone takes a knee?
#25 | POSTED BY JAKESTER

Would probably depend on the reasoning for the action.

#29 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2021-09-11 05:51 PM | Reply

Mark ----- is not censored. But Mark ----- is.

#30 | Posted by sentinel at 2021-09-12 02:20 PM | Reply

"Back in my day, when we took a knee, we took a knee." - Tonya Harding

#31 | Posted by sentinel at 2021-09-12 02:26 PM | Reply

Tor and sentinel defending the Woke version of the SSB with racist verses Cancelled. Turns out you are woke too.

#32 | Posted by bored at 2021-09-12 02:50 PM | Reply

Comments are closed for this entry.

Home | Breaking News | Comments | User Blogs | Stats | Back Page | RSS Feed | RSS Spec | DMCA Compliance | Privacy | Copyright 2021 World Readable

Drudge Retort