Yesterday afternoon, the New York Daily News posted an op-ed by Shaun King in which he explained why he’ll “never stand again for the Star Spangled Banner”:

Here’s a taste:

While San Francisco 49ers quarter back Colin Kaepernick has refused to stand for the national anthem because of the overflowing abundance of modern day injustice in America, he has helped bring to light the fact that this song and its author are deeply rooted in violent white supremacy.

Like Kaepernick, I’ve had enough of injustice in America and I’ve had enough of anthems written by bigots. Colin Kaepernick has provided a spark.

Of course, removing the culture of white supremacy does not necessarily remove its effects, but we must simultaneously and passionately address both. I’m joining Colin Kaepernick, who joined in with the spirit of Rosa Parks, by standing up for our rights by sitting down. I hope you join us.

But the fun doesn’t stop there. Rosa — sorry, Shaun has a lot more to say on the subject:

Buckle up, buttercups, and prepare to be schooled by the top authoritah on America’s awfulness:

And the “fearless, adversarial” Intercept is standing with Shaun:

Not to mention singer John Legend:

Isn’t that nice? Here’s the thing, though: That third stanza that Shaun and co. are so upset about? Well, as it turns out, it may not be about African slaves at all:

Say what, now?

So maybe it’s time to take a deep breath.

That seems likely.

Well, anyway, we’ll leave you with this, which might be of some interest to Shaun King and his liberal friends:

Whaddaya know?



You can read more about the story behind the Star-Spangled Banner’s third verse here.