One Illinois Democratic representative sees no issue with a bid by the California state chapter of the NAACP to remove “The Star-Spangled Banner” as the national anthem. Representative Danny Davis says he sees ‘nothing wrong’ with the effort.
“Well, you know, one of the things about the Constitution that our forefathers wrote, and basically, there were none of our foremothers that were there. There were none of our fore-sisters there. There are changes that can take place and there is room to change,” he reportedly told The Daily Caller on Thursday.
According to the Sacramento Bee, California NAACP President Alice Huffman says the effort is thanks, in part, to the protest started by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
“We owe a lot of it to Kaepernick,” Huffman said, “I think all this controversy about the knee will go away once the song is removed.”
Huffman says the anthem is “racist” and that it “doesn’t represent our community. It’s anti-black people,” SFGate.com reported on Wednesday.
The NAACP intends to hit up California lawmakers in January in an effort to be rid of the “offensive” song.
Davis, who is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, is fully supportive of their plight. “Intellectually, if people continue to pursue this nation to become perfected, then I see nothing wrong with that. I mean, it was designed, I think they said, to form a more perfect union.”
He added, “They didn’t say that it was perfect at the time, but they did say that we could continue to pursue perfection and if they’re individuals who think that we can make the national anthem more perfect in terms of the goals and objectives of this country then I say so be it.”
Another Caucus member, Rep. Lacy Clay (D-Missouri) said he would have to examine the plea and look into which part of the anthem is at issue.
“They have a right to object to any stances in the national anthem that they find objectionable and racist,” Clay told the DC.
The NAACP takes issue specifically with the anthem’s largely unknown third verse. The line at the heart of the NAACP’s consternation reads: “No refuge could save the hireling and slave from the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave.”