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The new mayor of St. Paul, Minnesota, gave a shocking inaugural speech on Tuesday—where he claimed that the National Anthem of the United States was an “ode to slavery.”
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Mayor Melvin Carter III, who is black, said in his speech that he was honored to have a local musician sing “The Star-Spangled Banner”—but cautioned that the song itself was apparently racist.
“We cannot ignore the painful reminder, written into our anthem’s third verse, of just how deeply injustice is rooted in the American tradition,” Carter said. “Our national freedom song is an ode to slavery.”
“This is the American paradox, passed from generation to generation, dating back to the noble group of rich white straight male landowners who embedded into our foundingpost was originally published on this site