Let's review the National Anthem:
“Oh, say can you see,
By the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hailed,
At the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars,
Through the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched,
Were so gallantly streaming.
And the rocket's red glare,
The bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night,
That our flag was still there.
Oh say does that star- spangled banner yet wave,
For the land of the free, and the home of the brave.”
In, order to examine the National Anthem we need to take a look at the writer Frances Scott Key, to find out what type of man, he really was because in the Bible it says " For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee." Proverbs 23:7. Frances Scott Key was born to Anna Phoebe and John Ross Key who were slave owners. Frances Scott Key also became a slave owner and anti-abolitionist (against abolishing slavery), he bought his first slave in 1801 and by 1820 he owned six slaves. In 1833 President Jackson nominated Keys as the attorney for the District of Columbia, he used his power as an attorney to suppress abolitionist from allowing slaves to be free.
Interestingly, Key also accompanied Colonel John Stuart Skinner (British Prison Exchange Agent) for the release of Dr. William Bean, an upper Marlboro Maryland resident, (who arrested some British soldiers that were looting some farms) while in negotiation for the release of Dr. Bean they dined on the British ship, HMS Tonnant, as the guest of three British officers. The USA was on the edge of war with the British while they were dining on a British ship, they also became hostages because they knew too much information about the British ships position and their plan of attack. While Key and Skinner were on the ship a declaration of war was made and they had to watch the battle unfold from the deck of a British ship.
Now, that we have looked at Frances Scott Key, a slave owner, an anti-abolitionist, an attorney, a Neogotiator and a witness in the War of 1812 (the War of 1812, ended in a draw between the US and Britain) we know his position when he wrote the National Anthemn: The Star Spangle Banner. And that it was clearly written for White Americans because he owned slaves, he was against abolition, a government official (an D.C. attorney) and he only witnessed the War of 1812. Black Americans were still slaves in 1812 and were not freed (technically) untill 1863 (the year the Emancipation Proclamation was made) and then officially in 1865 that was 89 years later from July 4th, 1776. Why would any Black person want to sing the National Anthem (Star Spangle Banner), when they know that their people were still slaves to White Americans who were only concerned with fighting for their own freedom. Let’s rewrite this National Anthem and tell the real story
“Oh, say can you see”… Frances Scott Key could barely see because he was on a British ship with John Stuart Skinner dining and trying to negotiate for the release of Dr. Bean.
“By the dawn's early light”… when the British release Key and Skinner because the war was a draw they didn’t win the war, but they injured the British enough to delay and allow them to prepare for more fighting.
“What so proudly we hailed”… Key didn’t hail the flag he only saw it from the British ship where he, Skinner and Bean were held, hostages.
“At the twilight's last gleaming”… This was early morning when they were released.
“Whose broad stripes and bright stars”… this was the American soldiers who put up a bigger flag after they lower the smaller flag at Fort McHenry in Baltimore.
“Through the perilous fight”… Key didn’t fight he only observed.
“O'er the ramparts we watched”… Key was not behind any wall or fortified embankment he was on the British boat held hostage.
“Were so gallantly streaming”… Key saw this on the British boat.
“And the rocket's red glare”… Key saw this on the British boat.
“The bombs bursting in air”… Key saw this on the British boat.
“Gave proof through the night”… this didn’t give any proof that they won the war cause they didn't it was a draw. Key didn’t know until the British ship released them in Maryland.
“That our flag was still there”… Key knew that the flag was still there because they put up a bigger flag than the smaller one they had up in Fort McHenry.
“Oh, say does that star- spangled banner yet wave”… yes it was because the soldiers put it up to wave after almost being defeated.
“For the land of the free, and the home of the brave”... This land was only free for White Americans not for Black Americans they were still slaves. That is the story of the National Anthem.