Jon Schwarz at The Intercept published this response to the Kaepernick controversy. While I had read the unsung stanzas of our National Anthem before, I had not understood the context of the verses about the death of runaway slaves. And it’s an eye-opener. Read it for yourself. It’s important that we understand the back story of our national icons and symbols. (Personally, I’ve always thought “America, the Beautiful” would have been a better choice.)
Update: The Intercept has published a follow up to this article giving more evidence of the racist underpinnings of our National Anthem. A fascinating read.