"Switcheroo" and our National Anthem

July 4, 2008 | Categrory: being an American, our flag, parenting

I was just thinking about the woman here in Colorado who decided to switch the National Anthem for the Black National Anthem. I was thinking, when was it that we became so divided? I think it may be the empasis on multiculturalism. Those who support it would say it is a way to bring unity and understanding about other cultures. I think it causes division, and in our human need to belong, alliances that blur the bigger picture.

My father was an immigrant from Italy. He was a career Army officer and carried a copy of the National Anthem in his wallet. I remember a day when I asked him about being Italian and got a sharp rebuke. He was not an Italian, he was an American.

Why are we Black Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans, why are we not Americans and our national Anthem belonging to us all? I do not get this. As the mother of an Asian child and a Hispanic child in our Caucasian home, I know that it is not race or ethnicity that make a family.

I am sure the woman who chose to pull this little “switcheroo” as she called it, feels pretty proud of herself this morning. After all, she got on the news ,and has, as a good friend of mine says, “caused a tempest in a teapot:” So where am I going with this? I guess I would like to say to those of you out there who are parents, help your kids to see the bigger picture. My Dad did that for me, when he claimed himself an American .