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Outrage as activists and journalists say
the Star Spangled Banner should no longer
be the National Anthem because it was
written by slave owner Francis Scott Key
—and suggest John Lennon's Imagine as
a Replacement

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Posted By: Ribicon, 6/25/2020 5:50:12 PM

There is growing outrage over calls by activists, historians and journalists to replace The Star Spangled Banner as the national anthem because it was written by slave owner Francis Scott Key, and potentially replace it with John Lennon's Imagine. Historian Daniel E. Walker and activist and journalist Kevin Powell made the remarks in an article written by Yahoo Music Editor Lyndsey Parker titled 'Why it might be time to finally replace The Star-Spangled Banner with a new national anthem'. They say that because the song was written by Francis Scott Key, a white slave owner who made overtly racist remarks, it is no longer appropriate   Correction*


Certainly no longer appropriate for Fundamentally Transformed America. How about "I'm Coming Out" from Diana Ross, or "I Will Survive" from Gloria Gaynor, the latter described as the Gay National Anthem? Or maybe "Say It Loud, I'm bLACK and Proud" by James Brown?

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Rama41 6/25/2020 5:51:58 PM (No. 457070)
I hope they write it into the Democrat platform.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: PlayItAgain 6/25/2020 5:57:58 PM (No. 457077)
We can imagine anything we want to. Let's imagine there's no John Lennon.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: zzzghy 6/25/2020 5:58:48 PM (No. 457078)
I'm anxiously awaiting the first time the Palookas link arms and sing "Imagine" at a Yankees/Mets game in The Bronx.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: BarryNo 6/25/2020 6:04:19 PM (No. 457088)
I will never stand for that reprehensible communist's work. I will mock it, demean it and despise it. Lennon was a talented man but a lazy, ignoramus with anything outside of music. America the Beautiful... Our Country tis of Thee... Frankly, I'd accept "Dixie" (written by a Black man, by the way) before I would take Lennon's drug-addled trash.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: PlayItAgain 6/25/2020 6:05:11 PM (No. 457091)
Better yet, let's imagine there was never a Democrat party. There would be no slavery in the U.S.and no civil war. Imagine something meaningful for a change.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: sehall 6/25/2020 6:06:25 PM (No. 457094)
Just saw some soccer team will replace The Star Spangled Banner with This Land is Your Land -- by Woody Guthrie, a well-known communist/socialist. Lovely!
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Reply 7 - Posted by: MickTurn 6/25/2020 6:07:15 PM (No. 457097)
No problem...GO to a country to your liking...How about Cuba or China...I hear North Korea treats dissidents in a fine way...finely ground!
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Reply 8 - Posted by: The Remnants 6/25/2020 6:08:28 PM (No. 457099)
Yes, let's have a world without God - no order, no peace, no love, no truth, no beauty and all those other good things.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: cny 6/25/2020 6:15:39 PM (No. 457108)
I feel as though we're being baited.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: SALady 6/25/2020 6:16:15 PM (No. 457109)
I will personally fire the first shots of Civil War 2 if this insanity were ever to happen -- which it very well could under a President Creepy Uncle Joe Biden!!!!! And, no, I am not joking!!! That is the absolute worst song ever!!!!!!
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Reply 11 - Posted by: bad-hair 6/25/2020 6:18:21 PM (No. 457115)
Where did all the sane people go ? An American national anthem written by a British putz. Who was it we fought a revolutionary war against ? Remind me.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: edgar 6/25/2020 6:22:05 PM (No. 457118)
Can't we all just "Coexist"? s/off
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Reply 13 - Posted by: Rotten in Denmark 6/25/2020 6:24:38 PM (No. 457121)
Camp Town Races, Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Da from the great movie Song of the South, old Man River on one hand, or maybe FaIth of our Fathers, OR JUST GO AWAY, we like it as is.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: stevendm 6/25/2020 6:25:55 PM (No. 457122)
Lennon was a hypocrite. "Imagine no possessions, I wonder if you can". His net worth was estimated at $800 million at the time of his death.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: MrDeplorable 6/25/2020 6:26:18 PM (No. 457123)
#4 Commenter: You might want to update your notes. The writer of "Dixie" was Daniel Emmett (1815-1904) and he was NOT black.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: janjan 6/25/2020 6:32:17 PM (No. 457128)
No, we are not changing our national anthem to appease the America haters. They do not form even a close majority in this country. How dare they even suggest it. If our gutless politicians weren’t so terrified In a election year of somehow offending black people perhaps they could get off their useless asses and defend our country.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: RuckusTom 6/25/2020 6:33:56 PM (No. 457129)
How 'bout "Dancing Queen"?
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Reply 18 - Posted by: ladydawgfan 6/25/2020 6:40:32 PM (No. 457138)
This crap is as stupid as saying that England's "God Save The Queen" is homophobic because "Queen" is a derogatory word for a gay person!! I suggest an addendum to the Star Spangled Banner - "Get Over It" by the Eagles!!
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Reply 19 - Posted by: Newtsche 6/25/2020 6:41:23 PM (No. 457140)
fta - "Historians have long disagreed over what Key meant." What the actual eff?
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Reply 20 - Posted by: Folsomguy 6/25/2020 6:44:38 PM (No. 457148)
NOT in my lifetime!
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Reply 21 - Posted by: Bazi 6/25/2020 6:59:44 PM (No. 457159)
Imagine the cost of getting the rights to that putrid song. Or the imagine having to pay every time it's played. Imagine there are no more useful idiots.
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Reply 22 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua 6/25/2020 7:20:04 PM (No. 457174)
Change the anthem to 'God Damn America' and all the critics will be happy. Just because somebody is running their mouth doesn't mean we should all listen to them, or take them seriously, and certainly not do what they say.
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Reply 23 - Posted by: JunkYardDog 6/25/2020 7:28:41 PM (No. 457181)
"Imagine" is a song with pretty chords and a horrible, horrible message. Imagine, no Heaven. Imagine, no countries. Imagine, no religion. No faith, no patriotism, no possessions, just believe in POLITICS. This song, and all who mindlessly & whimsically it, are POISON. Sorry, John L., but this one was not inspirational at all.
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Reply 24 - Posted by: Daisymay 6/25/2020 7:30:37 PM (No. 457183)
I think they just went ONE step too far! Watch the Backlash!
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Reply 25 - Posted by: ronniethek 6/25/2020 7:31:32 PM (No. 457184)
Now that I hear that Key was a slave owner--love the anthem even more. Folks-maybe the new anthem s/b from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Form--Everybody ought to have maid. Not any more a dumb idea than anything written by John Lennon--a great American patriot--- not.
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Reply 26 - Posted by: Italiano 6/25/2020 7:40:12 PM (No. 457192)
OK, I'd consider "Beer For My Horses."
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Reply 27 - Posted by: thewarden 6/25/2020 7:46:51 PM (No. 457204)
I nominate “Memory” from the musical “Cats” since all we’re going to have left very soon are memories.
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Reply 28 - Posted by: anniebc 6/25/2020 7:51:54 PM (No. 457209)
Oh heck no!! John Lennon's Imagine is an anthem against God. No way!
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Reply 29 - Posted by: Pegmo 6/25/2020 8:01:26 PM (No. 457215)
I think I'd take a knee to that anthem...
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Reply 30 - Posted by: ronniethek 6/25/2020 8:05:48 PM (No. 457221)
How about It's 5 O'clock Somewhere?
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Reply 31 - Posted by: HHFi2 6/25/2020 8:08:32 PM (No. 457223)
I love the Beatles and a little bit of Lennon's solo output, but I've always hated that song. Syrupy, repetitive melody and idiotic lyrics, a recipe for a worldwide Venezuela. Even Lennon couldn't figure out why people liked it and admitted it was basically "The Communist Manifesto" set to not-very-good music. BTW, whenever I see an "Imagine World Peace" bumper sticker, it makes me want to find one that says, "Imagine World Peace...And see how much good it does."
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Reply 32 - Posted by: GO3 6/25/2020 8:39:01 PM (No. 457246)
OK, let's stick with James Brown for a minute. How about Living in America?
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Reply 33 - Posted by: G Mo 6/25/2020 9:07:13 PM (No. 457265)
Imagine there's no left It's easy to do No Black Lives Matter And no Commies too....
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Reply 34 - Posted by: ginadee 6/25/2020 9:19:03 PM (No. 457275)
I am so sick and tired of name changes, food labels being renamed, statues being destroyed, graffiti.....EVERYTHING! It;s high time we reclaim our country and it's history. everywhere, etc. And I want our flag flown proudly and respected! If you don't like it, then get the hell out. It's hard to stomach a small minority taking over the U. S. A Who do I contact to make MY DEMANDS met?
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Reply 35 - Posted by: ussjimmycarter 6/25/2020 9:39:07 PM (No. 457285)
Imagine is the worst song ever written! At a theological and a basic human level it is a song of futility and no hope for the condition of man! But, if a catchy tune grabs one who doesn’t have core works! I detest the song and always have!
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Reply 36 - Posted by: Namma 6/25/2020 11:15:06 PM (No. 457354)
I like dancing queen But I think kNeil Diamonds Coming to America
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Reply 37 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623 6/25/2020 11:23:30 PM (No. 457359)
You know, people in H-ll want ice water too. Couldn't you have just waited until the boomers died off ?
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Reply 38 - Posted by: YorkieMom 6/25/2020 11:26:48 PM (No. 457364)
This stuff is not going to stop because they’re getting their way. 😡
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Reply 39 - Posted by: ARob101 6/26/2020 1:58:22 AM (No. 457409)
Not going to happen. Many of us have ancestors dating back before statehood and before slavery. Our ancestors lived, planted, harvested, fought, and died for our beloved America. She isn’t perfect, but neither are we. America is the collective us and at the end of this battle, our flag will still stand over the land of the free and the home of the brave. 🇺🇸
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