This decision is outrageous enough on its own. But to make matters worse, it was decided by members of the student government. Where are the adults at this school?
The Washington Free Beacon reports:
California High School Bans National Anthem From Rallies Due to ‘Racially Insensitive’ Lyrics
The student leadership at a California high school has banned “The Star-Spangled Banner” from school rallies, calling the national anthem “outdated and racially insensitive.”
Ariyana Kermanizadeh, president of the Associated Student Body at California High School in San Ramon, explained the decision in a letter to the school’s newspaper last week, reported KGO-TV, the ABC affiliate in San Francisco.
“A few weeks before the rally it was brought to our attention that the national anthem’s third verse is outdated and racially insensitive,” Kermanizadeh wrote. “After learning about the third verse, the other ASB officers and I thought that this was completely unacceptable and must be removed from the rally.”
The rarely sung third verse of the national anthem in part says, “No refuge could save the hireling and slave / From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave.”
“We understand that this third verse is not included when the anthem is performed, but still, what does this tell us?” the letter read. “This verse translated, finds joy in the killing of African-Americans. To think that our nation’s anthem once had the word slave and ‘land of the free’ in the same sentence leaves me speechless.”
Does this school receive tax dollars? If so, they should be cut off without another cent until this policy is reversed.