Summary of the Articles
The article by Jon Schwartz from the Intercept “Colin Kaepernick Is Righter Than You Know: The National Anthem Is a Celebration of Slavery” talks about why African Americans refused to stand when the “The Star-Spangled Banner” is being played. The article that says that the Africans Americans refuses to stand for the anthem because they feel it is a flag for a country that oppresses black people and the people of color. Black people are being murdered on the streets, but no appropriate legal action is taken against the murderers. The author points out that “the Star-Spangled Banner” literally celebrates the murder of African Americans. John Schwartz continues to give the history of the “The Star-Spangled Banner” and how it oppressed African Americans, mainly through slavery. He argues that there was no mercy or justice for people of color.
Another article was written Claudette Lindsay-Habermann “Till Victory Is Won: The Staying Power Of 'Lift Every Voice And Sing'” lifts the lid on the part of American Anthem. Claudette refers to the American Anthems as a yearlong series on songs that rouse, unite, celebrate and ensures a call to action. The author of this article talks about “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” She states that this is a song that many African Americans are identified with from church or school. But if you fail to hear it from school or church, you’ll probably hear it in some of the landmark performances. Claudette describes the history of the “Lift Every Voice and Sing” saying that it is a song about the transcending difficulties that never fully
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