Anthem Has Been a Channel for Protests Since Song’s Origins

The sight of football players kneeling during the national anthem is the continuation of a tradition nearly as old the song itself.

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DETROIT (AP) — When football players kneel during the national anthem, Mark Clague sees the continuation of a tradition as old as the song itself. The University of Michigan musicology professor and expert on “The Star-Spangled Banner” said the song has been a channel for protest since at least 1844, three decades after Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics during a pivotal battle against the British in the War of 1812. Since that time, the…