‘The Star-Spangled Banner’s’ racist lyrics reflect its slave owner author, Francis Scott Key – Sports & Soldiertalk
His role in sustaining slavery adds another layer to the Kaepernick kneeling controversy By Jamie Stiehm Francis Scott Key and Colin Kaepernick are perfect opposites in a drama of privilege versus protest in America. Key, an elite insider and author of the national anthem, helped a president down a dark path to defend slavery. Kaepernick, the outsider, is the former NFL quarterback banished from the realm for kneeling during the lofty victory song that Key wrote under a battle-stained sky in 1814. Never has more attention been paid to “The Star-Spangled Banner,” played and sung at every major sporting event. Now the national