LET’S EDUCATE THE CRT CROWD, AND TALK A BIT ABOUT AMERICA'S NATIONAL ANTHEM, THE “STAR-SPANGLED BANNER” AND FRANCIS SCOTT KEY.
TRUTHFUL AND HONEST EDUCATION THE CRT CROWD DOES NOT WANT IN AMERICAN HISTORY HISTORY TEXTBOOKS, SUCH AS THEY ARE, AND TAUGHT IN CLASSROOMS.
1) Men who escaped their bonds of slavery were welcome to join the British as the Corps of Colonial Marines in the War of 1812 in exchange for freedom and land after their service. As many as 4,000 people, mostly from Virginia and Maryland, escaped. The British promised refuge to any enslaved Black person who escaped their enslavers, raising fears among White Americans of a large-scale revolt.
2) As a lieutenant in the United States Army during the War of 1812, Francis Scott Key and the American forces he was leading took a good shellacking in a battle from the Colonial Marines. The British kept their word to Colonial Marines after the war now numbering 6000, refusing the United States’ demand that they are returned and providing them land in Trinidad, Tobago, and Nova Scotia to resettle with their families whose descendants still live there today. Their descendants in Central America are called “Merikins."
3) LET'S SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT-Francis Scott Key was not a captive on a British ship, as stated by Incomplete, Dishonest, and Racist History textbooks when he wrote the Star-Spangled Banner. He had gone to the British, on a British ship, to ask them to release one of his friends, Dr. William Beanes, who was captured by the British. While he was on the ship, the British fired on Fort McHenry.
4) There are 4 stanzas in the "Star-Spangled Banner," which was originally called “The Defense of Fort McHenry.” The 3rd verse is one of the most racist you will find. The "Star-Spangled Banner" had everything to do with war and not patriotism. And even if these lyrics aren’t meant to be explicitly racist, Key clearly was. He descended from a wealthy plantation family and enslaved people. Yes, he was a slaveholder. He spoke of Black people as “a distinct and inferior race” and supported emancipating the enslaved only if they were immediately shipped to Africa.
5) During the Andrew Jackson administration, Key served as the district attorney for Washington, D.C., where he spent much of his time shoring up enslavers’ power. He strictly enforced slave laws and prosecuted abolitionists who passed out pamphlets mocking his jurisdiction as the “land of the free, home of the oppressed.” BTW-He also influenced Jackson to appoint his brother-in-law, as chief justice of the United States. You may have heard of him; Roger B. Taney, who is infamous for writing the Dred Scott decision that decreed Black people “had no rights which the White man was bound to respect.
6) Although “The Star-Spangled Banner” and its verses were famous over time, Key’s overt racism, and the infamous 3rd verse prevented it from becoming the national anthem while he was alive. There was no official anthem, and many people chose to sing other songs, like “My Country ‘Tis of Thee.”
To understand the full “Star-Spangled Banner” story, you have to understand the author. Francis Scott Key was an aristocrat and city prosecutor in Washington, D.C. He thought that since Blacks were mentally inferior, masters should treat them with more Christian kindness. He supported sending free Blacks (not slaves) back to Africa and, with a few exceptions, was about as pro-slavery, anti-black, and anti-abolitionist as you could get at the time.
Of particular note was Key’s opposition to the idea of the Colonial Marines. The Marines were a battalion of runaway slaves who joined the British Royal Army in exchange for their freedom.
The Marines were not only a terrifying example of what slaves would do if given the chance, but also a repudiation of the white superiority that men like Key were so invested in.
All of these ideas and concepts came together around Aug. 24, 1815, at the Battle of Bladensburg, where Key, who was serving as a lieutenant at the time, ran into a battalion of Colonial Marines. His troops were taken to the woodshed by the very black folks he disdained, and he fled back to his home in Georgetown to lick his wounds.
The British troops, emboldened by their victory in Bladensburg, then marched into Washington, D.C., burning the Library of Congress, the Capitol Building, and the White House. You can imagine that Key was very much racist in his feelings about seeing Black soldiers trampling on the city he "so desperately love(d)"-(Key's words).
Use this context when discussing the 3rd stanza of America's Racist National Anthem.
Key’s anthem gained popularity over time, particularly among post-Reconstruction White Southerners and the military. In the early 20th Century, all but the first verse were cut — not for their racism, but for their anti-British bent. The United Kingdom was by then an ally.
After World War I, the lyrics were again controversial for their violence. But racist groups like the United Daughters of the Confederacy fought back, pushing their racism and for the song to be made the official national anthem. In 1931, President Herbert Hoover made it so, some 117 years after it was written. The elevation of the banner from a so-so song to the official national anthem was a neo-Confederate political victory, and it was celebrated as such. AmeriKKKa, then.
WHEN SUPPORTERS THREW A VICTORY PARADE IN BALTIMORE IN JUNE 1931, THE MARCH WAS LED BY A COLOR GUARD HOISTING THE CONFEDERATE FLAG.”
Francis Scott Key wrote America’s national anthem during this era of White supremacy, racism, and the racist Christian White American-inspired Holocaust called slavery. So, "Land of the Free, and the home of the Brave" were words intended then, and are words intended now, ONLY for White Americans.
Francis Scott Key joins the likes of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Benjamin Franklin, Andrew Jackson, John Hancock, and many so-called founding fathers who were simply Racists ...nothing else, just slave-owning racists. Truth which is obviously omitted from Incomplete, Dishonest, and Racist American History textbooks that White American Racists want to make sure are used, and the insidiously racist American History racists want continually taught in our school classrooms and on college/university campuses.
Note in one of the pictures, how Racist White textbook authors and historians ALSO "romanticize" American history.
Also note, in another picture, the 3rd stanza lyrics of the Star-Spangled Banner are a clear reference to the Colonial Marines. They are meant to scorn and threaten the African Americans who took the British up on their offer. Key also showed how happy he was with the deaths of Colonial Marines during this battle in Baltimore Harbor.
BOTTOM LINE, FRANCIS SCOTT KEY WAS NO HERO. HE WAS A SLAVE-OWNING RACIST, AND THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER IS NO TRIBUTE TO PATRIOTISM.
AND NOW YOU KNOW, CRT'ERS AND THOSE CLUELESS DO-GOODERS.
Rodney. L. Hurst, Sr.