Martin Luther King's Niece on Scrapping 'Racist' National Anthem: It's Not The Song, Flag, or Confederate Statues, It's Our Hearts
The niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was not impressed with calls to scrap the U.S. national anthem over claims it is "racist."
California's NAACP chapter proposed that Congress change the national anthem over its third verse.
"Their blood has wash'd out their foul footstep's pollution. No refuge could save the hireling and the slave from the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave," goes the verse of "The Star-Spangled Banner."
"It's not the song. It's not the flags. It's not the Confederate statues. But it's our hearts," Alveda King said Saturday. "We need a transformation of the heart."
"I hope they realize it's more than the song," King said of the NAACP, explaining that you can change the song "without changing the hearts of the people."
The niece of the civil rights hero referred to her uncle's warning that, "we must learn to live together as brothers or perish as fools."
"We can burn our whole country down - and please don't do it - ... Our hearts need to be transformed," she said.