National Anthem Gets Changed to “Home of the Slaves”

( – Since 1931, “The Star-Spangled Banner” has been the nation’s national anthem. Its lyrics are known for evoking strong emotions. However, a singer has kicked up a storm by performing an offensive version of the tune. Now, conservatives are blasting her rudeness and hypocrisy.

Essence Fest is an annual New Orleans music festival, running since 1995, aimed at African-American women. This year, one of the star attractions was Jill Scott, who launched her music career in 2000 with a platinum-selling R&B album. Since then, she’s branched out into poetry, modeling and acting, but she’s still best known for her music.

On July 5, Scott performed at Essence Fest, and she decided to perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” — with a noticeable difference. Instead of singing the real words, she substituted an alternative set focused on slavery. Beginning with “Oh, say can you see, by the blood in the streets, that this place doesn’t smile on you, colored child,” Scott, who’s worth an estimated $12 million, sang for around two minutes about how badly black people are treated in America. The last line of her alternative anthem was, “This is not the land of the free, but the home of the slaves.” It was a provocative performance that was immediately praised by Essence Magazine, the festival sponsor, who called it “the only National Anthem we will be recognizing from this day forward,” but patriotic Americans were less impressed.

Lavern Spicer, a former GOP congressional candidate, slammed it as “A WOKE rendition,” then pointed out Scott’s considerable wealth and asked, “In what way is she oppressed?” One Twitter user suggested she should move somewhere else and compare her life there with America, adding, “I hear Afghanistan is nice.” Many other replies focused on Scott’s bank balance or the option of living somewhere else if she hates the US so much.

Of course, she had her defenders, too, but one thing is clear — if anyone is going to heal the racial divides that still haunt this country, it isn’t going to be Jill Scott.

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