Their blood has wash'd out their foul footstep's pollution.
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".
You won't hear those words during Whitney Houston's historic rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. These words have been edited out but they capture the essence of the United States national anthem. Francis Scott Key the author of the Star Spangled Banner was a racist. He was a slave owner and as an attorney he prosecuted abolitionist. Yet all across the United States Black Americans stand for the national anthem some with our hand on our heart and some without; oblivious to the origins of that song. Blacks are the most patriotic Americans you will ever find. We fought in every war defending the United States although back home we were second class citizens. We demanded our civil rights and made this country a better place for all its people. While others identify as Italian, Irish, or English, we are 100% American. We look to no other country but the one beneath our feet. We bleed red, white and blue even though some of our fellow Americans disregard our rights as citizens. Thank you Colin Kaepernick for your silence which spoke louder than any yelling or screaming could ever do. Thank you because by sitting you stood up for the disenfranchised and those who have no voice. Thank you for your disgust of law enforcement slaughtering unarmed Black Americans without any retribution or an apologetic explanation. Thank you Colin Kaepernick for being aware that the struggle is far from over and that silence can speak louder than any anthem. Thank you Colin for staying woke.