Senator Announces He Supports Effort to Change National Anthem

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November 09, 2017Nov 09, 2017

The Daily Caller reports that Democratic Rep. Danny Davis from Illinois sees "nothing wrong" with the effort by the California NAACP to ban the Star Spangled Banner as the country's national anthem.

According to the senator, “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."

“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.”

“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,” he added. 

Davis is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, and perhaps sympathizes with the position of the California chapter of the NAACP that the national anthem is "racist" and "doesn't represent our community." Indeed, while holding onto this position, many are hoping that lawmakers will change the national anthem to something more racially sensitive. 

The Daily Caller reports that former Democratic member Rep. Lacy Clay remarked that he would have to examine the particular part of the national anthem that the NAACP takes issue with. Until then, he will not be able to make a full decision on the issue. In the meantime, however, he will support the right of the NAACP to hold whatever opinion they want about what is objectionable or racist.

Recent comments by Danny Davis comes in after news broke on Wednesday that the California chapter of the NAACP wants to get rid of "The Star-Spangled Banner" as a solution to NFL protesting. The organization is currently urging Congress to get rid of this particular song as the country's national anthem, which the group calls "one of the most racist, pro-slavery, anti-back songs of the American lexicon." 

The group has also come to the defense of former San Fransisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, a leader of last season's protests during the national anthem. 

“We owe a lot of it to Kaepernick,” California NAACP President Alice Huffman said, according to the Washington Times. “I think all this controversy about the knee will go away once the song is removed.”

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