Sports Team Ditches National Anthem for Patriotic Song

  

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Via:  suz  •  2 weeks ago  •  24 comments

By:   By Ryan Gaydos

Sports Team Ditches National Anthem for Patriotic Song

Woody Guthrie?   This Land is Our Land? 

I'm sure we can find something that isn't quite so socialist sounding. 


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A semi-professional soccer team will no longer play the U.S.  national anthem before matches and instead will be replacing it with Woody Guthrie's “This Land is Your Land.”

Tulsa Athletic, of the National Premier Soccer League , announced Wednesday that in order to create a more inclusive environment it will change the song. The team said it decided on making the change after reviewing the lyrics of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

“After carefully reviewing ‘The Star-Spangled Banner' lyrics and meaning, including the third verse which mentions ‘No refuge could save the hireling and slave / From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave…,’ Tulsa Athletic came to the decision that the song does not align with the club’s core values. While this verse is rarely sung, Tulsa Athletic does not believe ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ represents or unites their diverse players, fans and community,” the team said in a press release.

Tulsa Athletic co-owner Sonny Dalesandro also commented on the change.

“From our beginning, we have developed a culture of inclusion and acceptance at Tulsa Athletic,” he said in the press release. “We live in a country that allows us to freely speak our voice. We utilize this right as a club to continually try and improve our team and community. We believe ‘This Land Is Your Land’ not only captures a powerful patriotic sentiment, but that it does so in a far more inclusive way. The song speaks to this country being built and shared by every person of every race, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation. It represents a future Tulsa Athletic is committed to striving for.”

The club encouraged fans to sing the song “if they are comfortable.”


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Suz
1  seeder  Suz    2 weeks ago

Really?   I was going to seed the article from the Tulsa paper, but it had gobs of photographs showing the Tulsa rally against hate.

 
 
 
FLYNAVY1
2  FLYNAVY1    2 weeks ago

Not going to be a fan....

Until somebody changes it.... The Star Spangled Banner is very much worthy of being our national anthem.

 
 
 
Suz
2.1  seeder  Suz  replied to  FLYNAVY1 @2    2 weeks ago

I am interested to see what other Tulsans will say.  I'm sure there will be a lot of comments about soccer, itself.  

Oklahoma is football country.

 
 
 
XDm9mm
3  XDm9mm    2 weeks ago
The club encouraged fans to sing the song “if they are comfortable.”

All six family members in attendance at any game might sing along....  or not.

 
 
 
Sparty On
4  Sparty On    2 weeks ago

It's a free country.  They can do what they want but my kids would be off that team.

Toot sweet

 
 
 
r.t..b...
4.1  r.t..b...  replied to  Sparty On @4    2 weeks ago
It's a free country.  They can do what they want but my kids would be off that team

And just how would you teach them in juxtaposing a 'free country' vs. adhering to 'your' belief system?

For that is the crux of any debate these daze...educating our children in giving exposure to every opinion...with parents engaged and equally educated and willing to accept that their children may choose to believe in a different ethos.

Granted, a bit far afield from the topic at hand, but cogent to every discussion if we can acknowledge that it all begins with how we choose to educate our children.

 
 
 
Sparty On
4.1.1  Sparty On  replied to  r.t..b... @4.1    2 weeks ago
Granted, a bit far afield from the topic at hand

Lol ... you got that right.   That and NTers is the last place to have a conversation about parenting techniques.

With all the know it alls in here that conversation has cluster-f written all over it.

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
4.1.2  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Sparty On @4.1.1    2 weeks ago

If we are not here to discuss, what are we here to do?

 
 
 
zuksam
4.1.3  zuksam  replied to  r.t..b... @4.1    2 weeks ago
For that is the crux of any debate these daze...educating our children in giving exposure to every opinion...with parents engaged and equally educated and willing to accept that their children may choose to believe in a different ethos.

It's a Parents right to teach their children according to their beliefs and morals and nobody else has a right to teach them otherwise. When children grow up then they can be who they want to be and believe what they want and they can explore different ideas and beliefs and as adults decide what's good and bad for themselves. I wouldn't want my children indoctrinated into an Ideology counter to my personal beliefs by the school system or anyone else, they have no right to do that to someone else's children.

 
 
 
evilgenius
5  evilgenius    2 weeks ago
When the sun comes shining, then I was strolling,
With the wheat fields waving, the dust clouds rolling,
The voice come a-chanting, and the fog was lifting.
This land was made for you and me.

Arlo Guthrie wrote this song in retaliation to Irving Berlin's "God Bless America," sung by Kate Smith endlessly playing on the radio in the late 1930s, It was originally titled  "God Blessed America for Me" before renaming it "This Land Is Your Land." 

Most versions no longer have the more controversial verses like:

There was a big high wall there that tried to stop me.
The sign was painted, said: 'Private Property.'
But on the backside, it didn't say nothing.
This land was made for you and me.

and the sixth and final verse penned during the Great Depression in 1944:

One bright sunny morning in the shadow of the steeple,
By the relief office I saw my people;
As they stood there hungry, I stood there wondering if
God blessed America for me?

 
 
 
Kavika
5.1  Kavika   replied to  evilgenius @5    2 weeks ago

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
5.1.1  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Kavika @5.1    2 weeks ago

Kavika,

I think the song is a great song. I just love our national anthem, too. 

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
5.1.2  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @5.1.1    2 weeks ago

Hahahaha what a butcher job..................LOL

 
 
 
Suz
6  seeder  Suz    2 weeks ago

The co-owner of the soccer team has misinterpreted the meaning of the verses he references.  That verse has nothing to do with slaves and everything to do with the Colonial Marines. 

I tried talking to him on twitter, but he refuses to acknowledge me.   Oh, well.

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
6.1  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Suz @6    2 weeks ago

It's hard to get a message through on twitter. 

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
7  Perrie Halpern R.A.    2 weeks ago

Well, I am a bit of a traditionalist about this, so I'm supporting "The Star Spangled Banner". No one sings the third verse, first of all. Second, Keyes wrote it about an event, that if we didn't win, we would have reverted back to being English. That is why the song is so important. If people don't get that, then they don't know our history. We wouldn't be here to discuss slavery, would we? If they want to talk about inclusion, then maybe they should be taking into consideration, that without that moment in history, we would have been included... to the British Empire. 

Here is a photo of my future son in law, hoisting the flag at Fort McHenry which is where the fort that saved us from the English and inspired the song. An honor only given to servicemen. 

384

 
 
 
JBB
8  JBB    2 weeks ago

Here's an new verse even worse than the first!

"This land was Yourland but now it's Ourland

We took it from you and you can't stop us

So you can lump it if you don't like it

From here on Yourland will belong to me"...

 
 
 
Ronin2
8.1  Ronin2  replied to  JBB @8    2 weeks ago

I am sure those ruling CHOP would agree with that wholeheartedly.

 
 
 
Ender
9  Ender    2 weeks ago

Never liked playing the anthem at a 'game'.

Something that started during ww1 to energize a somber crowd.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
10  JohnRussell    2 weeks ago
Natalie Maines, Emily Strayer and Martie Maguire changed their band name, dropping "Dixie," a nickname for the Civil War-era South ...
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Sparty On
10.1  Sparty On  replied to  JohnRussell @10    2 weeks ago

Lol .... that make perfect sense for them. and ..... yawn!

 
 
 
Ronin2
10.1.1  Ronin2  replied to  Sparty On @10.1    2 weeks ago

Are they still around? Thought they ended after their last piss off their fan base fiasco.

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/fans-turn-on-dixie-chicks-251772/

Several radio stations are boycotting  the Dixie Chicks , after
singer Natalie Maines — a Lubbock, Texas, native — told a London
audience last week that “we’re ashamed the president of the United
States is from Texas.”

Despite the apology, some stations and fans were still angry.
Kansas City’s WDAF AM has pulled the Chicks from its play list and
placed a message board on its Web site for fans to comment. The
board boasts more than 6,000 posts, including defenses (“Isn’t this
America? Just because a person doesn’t like our president doesn’t
mean that she isn’t patriotic.”) and criticisms (“In other
countries if you speak out against your leader there are dire
consequences. Maybe if she had to go hungry for a while she would
learn to keep her mouth shut. All of my Dixie Chick CDs are
history.”). Stations in Texas, Missouri and Alabama have also
banned the Grammy-winning trio’s music.

In Bossier City, Louisiana, a few hundred protesters secured a
tractor to destroy CDs and other Chicks-related material on
Saturday night.

Guess they haven't learned anything. I am sure their fan base will forgive them, again. Sooner or later.

 
 
 
Tacos!
11  Tacos!    2 weeks ago
“After carefully reviewing ‘The Star-Spangled Banner' lyrics and meaning, including the third verse

Why? Why would you review the third verse when literally no one ever sings that verse? The National Anthem is always rendered as one verse - the first one. Why consider something so totally irrelevant and then treat it as if it's important to anyone?

This looks like more empty virtue signaling shaped by ignorance. It's a pandemic as pervasive as the coronavirus.

 
 
 
Sparty On
11.1  Sparty On  replied to  Tacos! @11    2 weeks ago

Yep, just more progressive nonsense.

 
 
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