Fake News Media Attacks National Anthem for this Ridiculous Reason
Liberal media outlet, Salon, has just declared “The Star Spangled Banner”—America’s national anthem—to be a “neo-Confederate symbol” of hate.
Jefferson Morley, a staff writer at Salon, explains why the national anthem—and even a holiday as noncontroversial as Memorial Day—is secretly Confederate (and thus must be taken to task, in the politically-correct views of the liberal left):
However, Morley is quick to add that, despite his big problems with the national anthem and Memorial Day, “that doesn’t necessarily mean the holiday and the national anthem should be jettisoned, along with Robert. E. Lee statues, only that their historical roots should be recognized and taught.”
...Key’s “Star-Spangled Banner,” with its lyrics deriding black people who took up arms to gain their freedom in the War of 1812, became a point of pride for Southerners.
In the decades following the Civil War, the defeated South strove to establish rituals such as Memorial Day, which honored the veterans of northern and southern armies equally, implying equality of respect for their causes.
Honoring “The Star-Spangled Banner” was another such ritual. In 1914, on the centennial of Key’s writing the song, supporters launched a campaign to designate “The Star-Spangled Banner” as the one and only national anthem. At the time “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” and “America the Beautiful” were also considered national anthems, especially in the northern states.
The campaign to elevate the “Banner” was, as one Boston magazine noted in 1914, “a sectarian movement.” That sect was the white supremacist South...
The neo-Confederate spirit animating those who wanted Americans to sing Key’s song after every public event was obvious. They marched under the Confederate flag.
But, chillingly, Morley does warn: “Confederate war memorials are just the beginning” in the left’s quest to purge any “offensive” piece of America’s history.