by Stephen Dietrich, Associate Publisher
A High School in San Ramon, California has banned the playing of the U.S. national anthem at their sporting events, citing it’s “offensive” nature.
“It was brought to our attention that the national anthem’s third verse is outdated and racially offensive,” according to the president of the school’s student government, who we’ve chosen not to identify because he is underage.
“We had nothing but good intentions by removing the song so that we could be fully inclusive to our student body.”
The school’s leadership has cited a single phrase in the national anthem’s third verse — Francis Scott Key’s reference to the “hireling and the slave” — as racist and offensive enough to ban the anthem from being played.
The Horn News debunked this myth in 2016 when it first started circulating social media, but it appears that facts and history don’t matter to liberals. Inaccurate historical revisionist nonsense remains as popular as ever.
“Moving forward, we must take action and be inclusive to all. This song was written in 1814. That was written 204 years ago. Imagine all the traditions and laws that have changed,” the student wrote.
So where are the adults in this situation? Cheering along.
The teachers at this school are encouraging the unpatriotic ban, according to Fox News’ Todd Starnes.
A leadership adviser for the student government reportedly wrote an op-ed to the school’s newspaper, agreeing that the national anthem was “problematic” and agreed it should be removed from the school’s sporting events.
“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,” the adviser told the student newspaper.
“As our culture shifts to one that is more diverse and accepting of all types of people, so must our traditions. And although we understand that this anthem represents pride and patriotism in our country to many people, we believe that there are other ways that this can be accomplished without an expense to inclusivity on our campus,” the student body president wrote.
Thankfully, even in liberal California there remains some common sense.
Some parents and patriotic students have rallied to save our national anthem at the school’s sporting events.
The ban “comes from a very disrespectful place,” said one student in the school newspaper. “[Leadership] said it was in the name of ‘exclusivity’, but in reality, [leadership] is disenfranchising the vast majority of the school who loves the country, and who thinks the anthem should be played.”
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— Stephen Dietrich is the Associate Publisher of The Horn News