Well, it’s no surprise that we’ve arrived here at last. Not only are NFL players kneeling or refusing to stand during the National Anthem; remember when Shaun King exposed “The Star Spangled Banner” itself as racist, noting the presence of the word “slave” in the rarely sung third verse?

Now the Washington Post is here to expose the ugly history of the Pledge of Allegiance.

Christopher Petrella, a lecturer in American cultural studies at Bates College, writes:

While the language contained in the pledge is not overtly nativist or xenophobic, the spirit that animated its creation was steeped in this sort of bigotry.

Through the pledge, [Francis] Bellamy sought to define “true Americanism” against the rising tide of southern and eastern European immigrants “pouring over our country” in the early 20th century from “races which we cannot assimilate without a lowering of our racial standard.” Although Bellamy conceded that “the United States has always been a nation of immigrants,” he argued that “incoming waves of immigrants … are coming from countries whose institutions are entirely at variance with our own.”

Petrella concludes that protests like #TakeAKnee need to continue, writing that Bellamy’s Pledge of Allegiance “was, at its core, designed as an instrument of white nationalism deployed to combat the dangerous outsiders of his day.”

So … all we need to do is get rid of the racist national anthem and the racist Pledge of Allegiance and statues of Confederates and Christopher Columbus and Francis Scott Key and perform a “landscape intervention” for any triggering place names on campus and replace them with names that honor people of color.

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