Meanwhile, here in A-merry-ca, Rush is making fun of the Chinese, Joan Rivers is making fun of the First Lady, and Tracy Morgan is having older white lady fantasies. What a country! But you have got to love the land of the [only some are] free.
Which leads me to what I want to talk about tonight: My favorite rendition of the National Anthem was when fellow PK, Marvin Gaye, serenaded us with his version at the 1983 NBA all star game. Whitney wasn't bad, but Marvin's version was transcending.
So here comes poor Shai Warfield-Cross trying to put her own unique stamp on our national song, only to be told that her version wasn't quite "traditional" enough.
"BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – An Indiana school district that told a black teenager to perform "The Star-Spangled Banner" in a "traditional way" after receiving complaints about her performance is drawing questions now about whether the complaints and directive were racially motivated.
Shai Warfield-Cross, 16, has performed the national anthem at sports events at Bloomington High School North over the last year without incident. But school officials said they received complaints about her performance during a game in Martinsville.
Principal Jeff Henderson told The Herald-Times in a statement that people had complained that while the words to the anthem were the same, the tune was unrecognizable. He declined to comment to The Associated Press.
Some who complained after the game in Martinsville — a predominantly white community about 30 miles southwest of Indianapolis — also said they felt the rendition was disrespectful to current and former members of the military, Henderson said.
Warfield-Cross' family says athletics director Jen Hollars told the teen last Friday that she would not be allowed to sing the anthem unless she modified her version and sang in a more traditional way. Hollars declined to comment and referred questions to Henderson, who said school officials told Warfield-Cross the performances should be more "traditional" to ensure the song's tune is recognizable. " [Story]
Yes, we have to be able to recognize our anthem. Besides, if you Negroes want to change the anthem why don't you just sing your own? Here in A-merry-ca the national anthem is sacred, we won't allow you Negroes to distort and make a mockery of it. That's for little white children to do. ... Let me stop. Hey, have a good night y'all, and God Bless A-merry-ca!