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Old 07-02-2008, 11:13 AM   #1
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I'm kind of confused, isn't the Star Spangled Banner the ONLY National Anthem that in itself represents all US Citizens?

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DENVER - Mayor John Hickenlooper's annual State of the City address may get more attention for what wasn't included than what was.


At the start of the event Tuesday morning, City Council President Michael Hanprofanityfilterprofanityfilterprofanityfilterpr ofanityfilter introduced singer Rene Marie to perform the national anthem.

Instead, she performed the song "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing," which is also known as the "black national anthem."

When she finished, the audience responded with mild applause. The national anthem was never performed.

Marie told 9NEWS she kept her plans to switch songs quiet until the very last moment. She says only she, her husband and a friend knew she was going to sing something other than the "Star-Spangled Banner."

She says she wanted to express her love of her country by mixing the lyrics of "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing" with the melody of the "Star-Spangled Banner."

"When I decided to sing my version, what was going on in my head was: 'I want to express how I feel about living in the United States, as a black woman, as a black person,'" said Marie.

Hickenlooper's staff picked Marie to sing the national anthem. The mayor says he believes Marie did not intend to offend anyone or make a political statement.

When asked if he was offended, Hickenlooper said, "You know I was more confused and I think I was more – what I was, was disappointed and confused and that's why I wanted to talk to her."

"Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing" was written as a poem by James Weldon Johnson in 1899 and set to music by his brother in 1900.

City Councilman Charlie Brown took to talk radio Tuesday afternoon to criticize the absence of the national anthem at the State of the City proceedings.

"There is no substitute for the national anthem, period," Brown said. "And that's what really bothered me. You know when we fly the flag, the American flag, it's always the highest flag, as it should be. And that didn't come across today, that didn't happen today."

In hindsight, both Brown and Hickenlooper say they should have stopped Marie or began singing themselves.

Marie says if she had the benefit of doing it over, she would sing the same song.

When asked if she would apologize for what happened she said, "No I do not."

Marie has been singing professionally for 10 years.

Brown says he doesn't have a problem with people expressing their views, but he says Marie chose the wrong venue.



I really just don't get why people do some of the things they do. I get that its considered a "pretty" song, but I happen to think that "Bird Song" by the Grateful Dead is a pretty song too, but that doesn't mean I'd sing it as a replacement for the United States National Anthem.
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Old 07-02-2008, 11:24 AM   #2
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so does that mean if you are southern instead of singing the national anthem we can sing Dixie???
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Old 07-02-2008, 11:32 AM   #3
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Charlie Brown? Is this an Onion article?
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Charlie Brown? Is this an Onion article?
No, this is 100% real.

http://cw2.trb.com/news/kwgn-state-o...,2520287.story

http://thedailyvoice.com/voice/2008/...rsy-000829.php

http://www.denverpost.com/business/c...uestid=9372722
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just seen this on the news......disgusting !!! all this kind of stupidity does, is fan the flames of racism.
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I say, if it had never been reported it would never had been noticed. Who really cares, beyond those whom it affects directly?

It's just all too much.
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Yawn.
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THAT'S PUTTING IT MILDLY! I just don't know what to say. We have freedom of speech in this counrty, but to step on the national anthem by singing any other song in it's place is grounds for a verbal bashing at least! I can even get on board with the different styles that some singers use. I personally dig Jimi Hendrix's version; what talent!

Now I don't want to get into a racial arguement, but there is something I don't understand. Why do black people who want to be equal with white people always seperate themselves from whites? I mean we are ALL americans so why do you need to sing a song to express how you feel as a black person living in america INSTEAD of the NATIONAL ANTHEM!?!

The same could be said about hispanics who have the cuban or mexican flag flying! You wanted to be here in the US right? Your country wasn't good enough for you so you came here. Why aren't you flying the American flag?

Before it's said or implied...... piss off I am not a bigot! I just call it like I see it! Don't like it? Take off your PC glasses and take a look for yourself.

I just want things to be equal and stop all the petty bickering back and forth and come together as Americans! 911 was a tragedy indeed, but I was proud of how we all came together and united as a counrty. Unfortunately that didn't last long.
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Black National Anthem, eh?
How about The Star Spangled Banner by Jimi Hendrix...he was black.
Now that's my kind of national anthem.

Edit: Ah, Hammer you beat me to it!
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