Francis Scott Key's "Star Spangled Banner" Has Removed Verse Regarding Slaves Who Were Killed By US Military
The article points to the verses of the song typically removed from performances, pinning the anthem as a celebration of slavery:
“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.”
[Francis Scott] Key, who was a slave owner himself, celebrates within the song the United States’ successful attempt to kill freed slaves at the Battle of Fort McHenry during the War of 1812, the Intercept claims.
So while the song is an ode to the strength of America’s military, viewed this way it’s also a slap in the face for citizens whose ancestors were brought here in captivity, freed and then killed by U.S. troops.