Accuracy in Media

The descendant of Francis Scott Key did not mince words about Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest:

A direct descendant of Francis Scott Key, who wrote the lyrics to The Star Spangled Banner, said she is heartbroken that Colin Kapernick refuses to stand for the anthem as a way to protest social injustice.

“It just broke my heart to think that someone that gets so much money for playing a ballgame, who is half black, half white would do this,” said Shirley Carole Isham, a great great great granddaughter of Key’ and whose ancestry was verified by the Daughters of American Revolution in 1977 when she gained membership to the group. “So many of his black race are oppressed, but it’s not by the whites, it’s by their own people. Look who their leaders are, and the president. Has (Barack Obama) done anything for these people?”

Isham, who lives in Longview, Texas, said Kaepernick’s constitutional right to protest in the manner he has is beside the point.





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