BALTIMORE —Some people are questioning whether portions of the national anthem are racist.
The national monument at Fort McHenry is considered one of Baltimore's jewels. The defense of the fort inspired poet-lawyer, Francis Scott Key, to write "The Star-Spangled Banner," which would eventually become the country's national anthem.
That song kicks off tons of events, most commonly sports, and we only sing the first two verses.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick said he will not stand for the anthem because he will not "show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people." His decision to sit down during the anthem has called attention to the song, many focusing on the third verse, which some are calling racist.
Park Ranger Paul Plamann has received emails from all over asking about the third stanza. He said it's not about slavery as we know it.
"The third verse is very anti-British to begin with," Plamann said.