The Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday it’s time to “cancel” the national anthem and replace the ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ with something like John Lennon’s utopian-anthem ‘Imagine.’
“It’s time to cancel ‘The Star-Spangled Banner.’ Here’s what should replace it,” posted the newspaper on Twitter.
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— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) July 14, 2020
“Francis Scott Key is no longer in Golden Gate Park. On June 20, protesters lassoed the statue with ropes, heaved and hoed, and down came Key, somersaulting off the pediment, head o’er heels. Key was a slave owner, like many of the historical personages whose statues have been defaced and destroyed in the Black Lives Matter uprising that followed the May 25 killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police. But it was also Key’s role as a songwriter — his famous ode to the land of the free and the home of the brave — that made him a target for protesters,” writes the author.
“For one thing, it’s not an especially American song. Its lyrics are ornate and Anglophile, with syntax that frustrates the efforts of normal human Americans to follow along — to deduce who or what, exactly, is gleaming and streaming,” adds the paper.
Read the full report at the Los Angeles Times.
LIBERAL HATE: Vandals Attack Columbus Statue in NYC's Central Park
“It reflects a lot of what’s going on in the world right now and this country…it’s about unrest the unrest in the world,” said one passerby, adding, “It bothers me to see [the graffiti]. It’s not positive, it’s destructive.”
“That’s the first thing I’ve seen in New York that makes me feel saddened and angry,” said a tourist from Tennessee. “We have legal ways of protesting.”
The debate over the nation’s historic symbols and monuments re-ignited earlier this year after Confederate memorials were used as a rallying cry for white supremacist organizations in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The ensuing chaos led many to call for the removal of Civil War memorials throughout the south, but left many worried the move would spill over to other historical figures, such as Christopher Columbus and Thomas Jefferson.
REPORT: Rhode Island Official Supports Vandalism of Christopher Columbus Statues
A city official in Rhode Island publicly praised vandals who viciously attacked a statue of Christopher Columbus this week; saying the move sparked a necessary “dialogue” within the community.
“Providence City Councilor Katherine Kerwin said Wednesday that she supports removing the statue, which was doused in red paint Monday and had a sign placed at its base that read: ‘stop celebrating genocide,’” reports Fox News.
“I don’t know who did it, but they created a really healthy dialogue in Providence,” Kerwin, who serves on the council’s committee on city property and the committee on public works, told WPRO News.
“I stand with them,” she added.
“Native American groups have long voiced opposition to celebrating Columbus Day. Contemporary reports have depicted the explorer as a tyrannical colonial administrator who oversaw a genocide of local native peoples. Several states and hundreds of cities have renamed Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day to honor those killed by European settlers,” adds Fox.
Read the full report here.