A Change.org petition to get Migos member Quavo featured on the national anthem came to fruition two months ago and recently has gain attention.
“It’s the current year, 2017, and I think the nation should get with the times and feature Quavo on the National Anthem. He’s a feature on everything else, so why not,” Sean Gray the petition’s creator wrote.
Quavo intially took to twitter to respond to the petition.
SO THEY WANT HUNCHO TO BE FEATURED ON THE NATIONAL ANTHEM LETS ROLL
— QuavoYRN (@QuavoStuntin) August 12, 2017
TMZ recently caught up with Quavo to get a deeper insight on the situation.
“There’s a lot going behind the national anthem,” Quavo told TMZ. “I would love to do it, but I wanna do a 2017 national anthem for both people and all races. Something that’s representing now. Something that representing the modern day national anthem.”
(Video courtesy of TMZ)
When Kaepernick’s anthem protest started to pick up last year, a forgotten verse in the national anthem came to light. The Star-Spangled Banner was written during the war of 1812. During the war of 1812, Britain offered either refugee or enlistment into her majesty’s forces to any person who wanted to emigrate to the British Empire. During the course of the war over 4,000 slaves found freedom upon British ships. About 2,500 of those freed slaves and their families were relocated to Nova Scotia and New Brunswick during and after the war.
One of the forgotten lines in the national anthem is a direct response to Britain’s efforts.
“No refuge could save the hireling and slave From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave, And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.” the Star Spangled Banner reads.
“The one (national anthem) we have now is really outdated and don’t really talk about everybody,” Junior Jaylon Brown said. “Its not A-historical but its not inclusive and its like blatantly lying to a majority of American history. So I would like a new one.”
While some people would like to see a new anthem, others are skeptical about moving away from tradition.
“It seems like a ludicrous premise,” Assistant Professor of Political Science Miles Armaly said. “We would have an individual from a particular time period be featured on the national anthem. Are we gonna update it every 15 years or so?”
While some think this gesture would be a positive step towards a more inclusive society, some argue that changing the national anthem could open up a plethora of problems for Colin Kaepernick and supporters of his protest and for race relations in America in general.
“A certain group of people would not believe that to be inclusive,” Armaly said. “It would make it (Kaepernick protest) worst, because if he stood up there would be a whole other issue.”
Currently the petition has over 8,000 signatures and is less than 2,000 away from its goal of 10,000.
While the remake or feature isn’t set in stone, there are some spoof videos to keep us entertained for the time being.