Should “Imagine” By John Lennon Be Our New National Anthem?
Over the past few weeks the world has reacted to the Black Lives Matter movement by making changes in response to the exploitation of black culture and the presence of racist images and attitudes in our society. Marketers are changing product names and removing offensive stereotypical images, bands have changed their names and even Disney is renaming their "Song of the South" ride. Now up for scrutiny, is our National Anthem.
According to an article in the New York Post, there is a movement to dump "The Star Spangled Banner" because Francis Scott Key, who wrote it, was not only a slave owner but included his racist beliefs in the song lyrics. The version that we all learned in school doesn't include the verse, but it's there. That's why Black NFL player Colin Kaepernick took a knee when it was played at games.
The New York Post article goes on to report that there is a movement to replace "The Star Spangled Banner" with something else, and John Lennon's "Imagine" is a popular front runner. Let's put it out there that though John sang a lot about peace, he was no saint and battled his own demons. He admitted to a history of violence against women, according to vice.com.
Other suggestions to replace our national Anthem include: "This Land Is Your Land" by Arlo Guthrie and "Party in the U.S.A." by Miley Cyrus.
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