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Kaepernick’s Protest: African-Americans Should Not Squander This Opportunity

Op/Ed By Dr. Wilmer J. Leon III


wilmerleon-new( – “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 washed out their foul footsteps’ 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…” – The Star-Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key, September 14, 1814 3rd Stanza

In order to intelligently assess Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand during the National Anthem it is important to understand what motivated Francis Scott Key to write the poem in 1814.

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