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‘This Is Sad’: U.S. Open Dumps ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’

For the first time, the National Anthem was dropped from the U.S. Open.

The Star-Spangled Banner was shuttered in New York for both the men’s and women’s final rounds.

In place of the anthem, U.S. Open decision makers instead decided they would be playing what is known to some as the black national anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” before the men’s championship. (Trending: Megyn Kelly Reveals Medical Diagnosis After Getting Jab)

Sage Steele, a former analyst for ESPN, went after the U.S. Open online, posting, “Ahhh… the irony of refusing to allow our national anthem … at the *US* Open.”

“I remain hopeful that we can get back to truly appreciating the greatness of America, but man… this is sad.”

A common, and debunked, opinion from leftists in recent years has been that the anthem has lyrical ties to slavery.

While the word “slave” appears in the third verse of the song, it’s rarely played. (Trending: TV Host Blows Trump Case Wide Open)

A Snopes article from 2016 read the following:

“it has also been argued that Key may have intended the phrase as a reference to the British Navy’s practice of impressment (kidnapping sailors and forcing them to fight in defense of the crown), or as a semi-metaphorical slap at the British invading force as a whole (which included a large number of mercenaries).”

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