Regie's Blog

To be honest, I’ve always wondered how people of color feel about hearing the National Anthem or pledging allegiance to the flag. The National Anthem was written 50 years before the slaves were freed. Why should a person of color stand and put their hand over their heart for it in the first place?

To fully appreciate the American National Anthem you have to put it into context …

It was written during the war of 1812 (the forgotten conflict) by a lawyer named Francis Scott Key. The war of 1812 isn’t a popular war because it was a bit convoluted and not as noble as other American wars. We actually declared it on the British a mere twenty-three years after ratifying our beloved constitution. It was fought over shipping routes, blockades, Canadian territory, something to do with Napoleon and I’m sure a host of other complications I slept through…

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