California High School bans ‘racially insensitive’ national anthem at rallies

Conservative Firing Line | 2/14/2018 | Staff
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On Tuesday, Fox News’ Todd Starnes said the Star Spangled Banner will no longer be played at rallies at California High School in San Ramon after student leaders in the school determined the national anthem is racially insensitive.

“It was brought to our attention that the national anthem’s third verse is outdated and racially offensive,” wrote the president of the school’s Associated Study Body, Starnes said. “We had nothing but good intentions by removing the song so that we could be fully inclusive to our student body.”

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Keep in mind this is coming from someone not old enough to even fully understand the history or the meaning of the anthem, but certainly old enough to parrot propaganda.

According to Starnes, there’s been a significant amount of backlash over the decision from a number of people.

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Dennis Fiorentino, a senior at the school, told Starnes there’s “been a lot of push back on the removal of the anthem – and not just from conservatives.”

According to Starnes:

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Fiorentinos, who was a guest Tuesday on my nationally syndicated radio program, said he was shocked when he realized the national anthem had been banned.

“It’s important that we honor and respect those who sacrificed their lives protecting the freedom that us Americans take for granted every day,” he said.

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On a side note, kudos to the student journalists at California High School who first reported this story and did so by writing a fair and balanced report. It’s refreshing to see solid journalism from The Californian.

The student body president posted a letter on the high school’s website defending the decision to ban the song by citing a third verse that references “the hireling and slave.”

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There is widespread debate among historians as to what Francis Scott Key was alluding to in the lyrics. Regardless, only the first verse is traditionally sung at...
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