Bill O'Reilly and Dr. Jeanne Zaino on Whether the Star-Spangled Banner is Racist
By: Bill O'ReillyNovember 9, 2017

GUEST: JEANNE ZAINO TELLS US WHAT IT’S LIKE TEACHING A CLASS ABOUT THE NATIONAL ANTHEM:

I don’t see any racist element in the Star-Spangled Banner. The students in my classes have never even heard the 3rd stanza, but I think it’s important that we know all of them. I teach my class about the National Anthem and even the African American students didn’t see any racism in this. However, they said that banning the anthem won’t achieve anything. 

The California NAACP is basically saying that Francis Scott Key is a racist. Students that I teach see this as a diversion as what we should really be talking about. 

It obscures the analysis that could lead to racial change. This is making the NAACP look like radical loons. They want to demonize the United States as a country of white privilege. 

The attempt to get rid of our National Anthem in this country is very shameful. I think we should be honest about our history, but we should be able to see it from both sides and have real conversations about it.

It would help to have a discussion and get to the root cause. I don’t like it to be sidelined by these smaller issues.

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