Students at Capital High School (CH in Charleston, West Virginia have been regularly forced to stand during the playing of a song known as “The Black National Anthem.”
The song, “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” was played in the morning right after the American national anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance, and students were forced to stand for all three. While the law currently states that no child can be compelled to stand for any kind of pledge, controversy only arose at CHS after two students and a parent complained about having to stand for the “Black National Anthem” (BNA).
To make matters worse, Clinton Giles, the black principal of CHS who made the requirement, allegedly ridiculed a child for his refusal to stand during the BNA. As theDaily Mail (the link to the original article is no longer valid) wrote:
Kim Bailey is the mother of one student who chose not to stand. She said the song is considered the “African-American National Anthem” and it was disrespectful to make students stand for it.
Her son chose not to stand and was sent to the office several times because of his decision, she said. She also said Giles made statements over the loudspeaker about the situation that “ostracized” her son.
Because of the complaints, Giles had initially eliminated the playing of all three works, the national anthem, the pledge, and the BNA. After discussion with school-system officials, however, he changed the policy yet again. And this is where news reports seem to conflict (which may explain the inactive Daily Mail link). Standing will now be optional, but there is some question as to whether only the pledge and national anthem have been reinstated or the BNA as well. If the latter, it is a further outrage. After all, where is this “black” nation that should have its own national anthem? Aren’t blacks Americans, too?
What Principal Giles did is another example of how, when liberals can’t eliminate tradition altogether, they want to adulterate it through the inclusion of non-traditional elements. This is the phenomenon that can cause long-displayed Nativity Scenes to be buried amidst a plethora of atheistic and other “holiday” displays, with a perversion of the First Amendment used as a pretext.
And as with the water-muddying holiday displays, Giles’ actions diminished what should have been the focus of reverence. You don’t place any song on the same plane as the pledge and national anthem by playing it right on their heels and forcing students to show it equal respect—not in America, anyway.
The only thing I can say in the principal’s defense is that the BNA doesn’t have any overtly racial lyrics and its last verse has some intensely religious content, which means that Giles at least managed to mix traditionalism in with his political correctness. Nonetheless, if he feels compelled to juxtapose another “national anthem” with our own, I’d suggest to him that he may be in the wrong country.
It’s amazing what we’ll stand for nowadays. Not the national anthem or the pledge, but mis-educators such as Clinton Giles. The problem at Capitol High School isn’t first and foremost its choice of music. It’s the school’s choice of leader.
Selwyn Duke iSelwyn Duke is a writer, columnist and public speaker whose work has been published widely online and in print, on both the local and national levels. He hasbeen featured on the Rush Limbaugh Show and has been a regular guest on the award-winning Michael Savage Show. His work has appeared in Pat Buchanan’s magazine The American Conservative and he writes regularly for The New American and Christian Music Perspective.
If they want a different National Anthem they should LEAVE the country, and "political correctness" MY ARSE!!! We as AMERICANS need to start standing up and taking SERIOUS OFFENSE at this kind of cr@p! Gather your supporters in these towns and ATTEND the city and county meeting, make it perfectly clear to our moronic leaders (if you can call them that ) that we are done! We NEED TO UNITE!
I agree with you 100% Ray!!! I can not understand how some of this crap gets let go and nobody appears to do anything! The neighborhoods needs to start banding together and attending achool meetings, community meetings and any kind of meeting or get together where anyone with any kind of authority is in control of a meeting! This about blew me away!! Unbelievable!
I'm all for anyone wanting a different national Anthem leaving the country. It is meant for all. The eggheads know that. They should be fired. Period. Or maybe they'd want to hear a white anthem - or an Indian anthem, or an Asian anthem, or a Hispanic anthem, or, or, or, or, ........SURE!!!! The idiots would be screaming racism till their lungs gave out and their throat was raw.---Hmmm. Maybe a good idea.
What next? Africa national anthem??? Good Grief~ No prayer, but this?