It seems it’s always about race.
I don’t see a problem with this rendition of the National Anthem:
I DO see a problem with the black community’s response that complaints must be racially motivated. Especially when support for that point of view comes from a “history professor” who is not above publicly displaying his ignorance:
Khalil Muhammad, an Indiana University history professor, said he listened to a version of the anthem sung by Warfield-Cross on YouTube and concluded it was “a fairly traditional rendition.” He noted that many artists, including Jimi Hendrix, Marvin Gaye and Jose Feliciano, have put their own stamp on the song without significant controversy. Musicians have also performed the song using traditional Jewish musical styles, he added.
Muhammad also questioned the complaint that Warfield-Cross’ version was disrespectful to military members.
“African-Americans die in our wars like white Americans,” Muhammad said. “Since Vietnam, African-Americans have served disproportionately in our armed services.”
Really? A look at this chart, based in part on data from the U.S. Department of Defense tells another story:
In addition, it’s a burr under the black community’s saddle that troops were not integrated until the Vietnam War. How many times have we heard the complaints that black troops served as cooks in the U.S. Army during WWII instead of being able to serve side-by-side with white troops on the front lines?
From where I sit, the black community should not herald the song as NOT disrespectful, and then bitch about the supposed disproportionate numbers of blacks who serve.
In addition, I wonder if the esteemed Kalil Muhammed (I’m betting that is not his real name) has any idea about this fact of American history?
The bottom line is, blacks serve proudly in our armed forces, and this girl’s version of The National Anthem disrespects NONE of our active-duty service members no matter their race, religion, or sexual preference.