High School Bans National Anthem — You Already Know Why

A Ramon, California, high school has banned the singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at rallies over its allegedly racist and offensive third verse.

The national anthem will no longer be sung during California High School’s rallies as a result of the school’s Associated Student Body decision to have the song omitted from the school’s rally tradition.

The school’s student body president, Ariyana Kermanizadeh, wrote in the school’s paper that the anthem’s third verse is “outdated and racially insensitive.”

“After learning about the third verse, the other ASB officers and I thought that this was completely unacceptable and must be removed from the rally,” Kermanizadeh wrote.

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