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2018 Crispus Attucks Black History Month Essay Contest Sponsored by Toledo City Councilman Tyrone Riley in Partnership with the Thurgood Marshall Law Association and Toledo NAACP




Francis Scott Key wrote the Star Spangled Banner in 1814 about the American victory at the Battle of Fort McHenry.

The song itself is controversial because Key was a slaveholder and anti-abolitionist. He was also very unforgiving of Blacks who joined the British (Loyalist) to fight against the Americans (Patriots).    

The song has four verses. At many events, including sporting events, only the first is sung. Here is the third verse, which attacked the former slaves for fighting with the British: 

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore, That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion A home and a Country should leave us no more? Their blood has wash'd out their foul footstep's pollution. No refuge could save the hireling and slave From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave, And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

It officially became the national anthem in 1931.

Considering this background, the question asked is: 

Is kneeling for the National Anthem (Star Spangled Banner) free speech or unpatriotic?

PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY BY March 1, 2018, AT 4:00pm.



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