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An agenda-driven social justice activist/educator outside San Francisco has found yet another young person that could be used to dismantle American values; a young person who conveniently has no frame of reference and was easily manipulated.
Students who attended the winter rally last month might have noticed that something was missing: the National Anthem. Although many students might not have even noticed that the “Star Spangled Banner” was not sung at the winter rally on Jan. 19, some students did. And they were curious as to why it was removed.
School - Leadership - Officers - Rally - Committee
School leadership officers and the rally committee decided to skip the anthem due to the recent controversy involving unsung verses of the song that are deemed racist. The unsung verse in question contains the phrase, “No refuge could save the hireling and slave…”
Leadership adviser Erin McFerrin agrees that the song is problematic and that action should be taken moving forward to ensure that every student feels welcomed, especially after last year when racial graffiti was found on campus. “In the leadership class, [we strive on] being really inclusive and mindful of all the decisions we make,” said McFerrin. “We didn’t really know why we were doing [the anthem during] the rally, so we just thought it was something maybe we could take out.”
Assistant - Kathleen - Martins - Leadership - Decision
Assistant principal Kathleen Martins, who oversees leadership, was unaware this decision was made before the rally. The National Anthem will not be sung at rallies for the remainder of the year. A decision about rallies in future years will come at a later date.
ASB President Ariyana Kermanizadeh declined to comment but provided an open letter published in The Californian that addresses the leadership...
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