The racially sensitive, politically correct, incorrectly placed apologetic police are showing no signs of slowing down their ridiculous behavior. The American soccer team in Tulsa, Oklahoma has announced they will no longer play “The Star-Spangled Banner” at home soccer matches. Instead, they are opting for a more sensitive “This Land Is Your Land” by Woody Guthrie.
How did they come to this decision? “After carefully reviewing ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ lyrics and meaning, including the third verse which mentions ‘No refuge could save the hireling and the 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” the team stated in a press release on their website.
Upon reading the sentence, one may think those lyrics are not even in “The Star-Spangled Banner.” That’s because that verse is rarely if ever, sung at games. That won’t stop Tulsa athletics, which clearly went out of its way to find fault with the song and change an American tradition as some superficial way of showing how “woke” and “in touch” they are.
“Tulsa Athletic does not believe ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ represents or unites their diverse players, fans, and community” states the press release. “From our beginning, we have developed a culture of inclusion and acceptance at Tulsa Athletic,” said co-owner Sonny Dalesandro. “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” said Dalesandro.
“This Land Is Your Land,” Dalesandro believes, “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.” Here’s one interesting tidbit from the press release: “As always, all forms of patriotic expression are welcomed and respected at Tulsa Athletic’s matches.”
Is the team referencing the “patriotic expression” displayed by the protestors, rioters, and looters which arguably inspired Tulsa Athletics to change the song in the first place? If so, we can expect the destruction, incineration, and vandalism to begin soon. Perhaps the Tulsa stadium will even become a “CHOP” zone. Kickoff for this “new tradition” will being with “a special Equality Cup against Minneapolis City at Veterans Park in Tulsa.”