Is the US national anthem racist?

Amid the debate over protests during the national anthem, some attention is focusing on the song itself. The third verse of The Star Spangled Banner, which is rarely sung, contains lines alluding to slaves and freed blacks fighting with the British in the War of 1812.


Credits

Guest:
Jason A. Johnson - journalism and communication professor at Morgan State University and political contributor at MSNBC - @drjasonjohnson

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Gina Pollack, Sarah Sweeney, Michell Eloy, Amy Ta, Christian Bordal, Quinn O'Toole