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Olympian Gwen Berry Says Racist National Anthem ‘Disrespects’ Blacks

Olympic hammer thrower Gwen Berry repeated the claim that the American national anthem is “racist.”

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Olympic hammer thrower Gwen Berry repeated the claim that the American national anthem is “racist” and “disrespects” black people as she defended her act of turning her back as the anthem was played at last week’s Olympic trials.

Appearing on the Black News Channel, Berry insisted that she is wholly justified in her hate for the national anthem because it contains racist lyrics.

Berry told the black network, “If you know your history, you know the full song of the National Anthem. The third paragraph speaks to slaves in America, our blood being slain and piltered [sic] all over the floor. It’s disrespectful and it doesn’t speak for black Americans. It’s obvious.”

This is a common attack on the song Francis Scott Key wrote in 1814, and that more than 100 years later became our national anthem. But it is false and not a true reading of the lyrics.

Indeed, the word “slave” does appear in the original lyrics Key wrote to honor the U.S. flag during the War of 2812. The line reads, “No refuge could save the hireling and slave.” However, the slave in this instance did not mean black, chattel slavery. It referred to one of the reasons we went to war with Britain in the War of 1812.

The claim that the anthem speaks about black enslavement has been ridiculed by many historians, who say the words actually referred to the British Navy’s practice of impressing American sailors into serving the Crown, essentially making them slaves to the British Navy. That practice, known at the time as impressment, was one of the main causes of the war. In addition, large numbers of black soldiers were fighting for the U.S. during the war that sparked Francis Scott Key to write the tune, and Key was well aware of that and made no attempt to dismiss the heroism of our black soldiers.

Even the liberal Snopes website posted an article in 2016 saying that the claim that the verse is a celebration of chattel slavery is not a foregone conclusion and that many historians dismiss the connection to America’s slavery practices.

Finally, another point debunking the “slavery” claim about the song is that the version of the song officially enshrined as our national anthem does not even contain the purportedly offensive verse. The verse had fallen into disuse during the decades following the Civil War and up to the time it became our official anthem in 1931.

So, Berry’s historical revisionism notwithstanding, the “slavery” verse was long gone before Congress even adopted the song as our national anthem, and black enslavement was never part of the song in the first place.

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Iowa Racetrack Announcer Thrills Crowd by Slamming Anthem Protesters, then Gets Fired

An announcer for an Iowa racetrack thrilled the home crowd with a rant against national anthem protesters, but his bosses were less accepting.

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An announcer for an Iowa racetrack thrilled the home crowd with a rant against national anthem protesters, but his bosses were less accepting. Video of announcer Lon Oelke’s rant was broadcast live on FloRacing, but once it was posted to social media it went viral. Some were upset over the announcer’s reference to “darker toned skin people.” After complaints filed in, the The Kossuth County Speedway in Algona, Iowa, announced that it had fired the announcer who was a fill-in announcer and not full-time. “It was not OK, and it will not be happening again,” the company said in a statement. “Kossuth County Speedway looks forward to proving to our fans, drivers and crews that we can and will do better.” During his announcement, Oelke told fans that he had a public service announcement. “I’ve got four words for you: Find a different country if you won’t do it,” he said. “Get the hell out of dodge!” He went on to slam the NFL. “Now they’re gonna have another national anthem, for those folks, I guess the darker toned skin color, I’ll just say, Blacks,” Oelke added. “They want a different national anthem and the NFL is thinking about doing it,” he said. “So, I just say shut the TVs off and let them play in front of nobody.” https://youtu.be/5GeJkeXW6pI Follow Warner Todd Huston on Facebook at: facebook.com/Warner.Todd.Huston.

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Adorable New Conservative Book with Anti-Trans Message Teaches Kids that ‘Elephants are Not Birds’

A new conservative children’s book is looking to keep the woke out of story time with a new anti-transgender theme.

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A new conservative children’s book is looking to keep the woke out of story time with a new anti-transgender theme. Brae Books has published its new book for the kiddos entitled, Elephants are Not Birds, that tells kids that you are what you are biologically. According to the website, Brave Books offers parents “a conservative alternative to the current cultural activism that our children are being taught in schools, in the entertainment they watch and the books they read.” Company CEO Trent Talbot said he was driven to create the new book line when he noticed that “that there is a real war going on for the hearts and minds of our kids. And everywhere I looked was propaganda,” the New York Post reported. Per the paper: An ophthalmologist by trade, Talbot pointed to Ibram X. Kendi’s picture book, “Antiracist Baby,” which urges parents and kids to “make equity a reality,” as content that needs a counterpoint. “Once my eyes were open I was seeing it everywhere and I couldn’t unsee it,” Talbot said. “I thought there was a need for books that could help parents teach the values they hold dear.” Brave Books’ first offering is called “Elephants are Not Birds,” the story of an elephant named Kevin who likes to sing, and then is convinced by a vulture — named Culture — that he warbles so well, he must actually be a bird. Brave Books also made the decision to to refuse to do business with Amazon.com and will sell their wares only on their website. The Post added: Other planned books include, “The Island of Free Ice Cream” by former OAN anchor Jack Posobiec, which will tackle Communism. The company is also courting Congressman Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas), to write “Fame, Blame, and the Raft of Shame” about…

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