Saturday, October 23, 2021

Stan Sheppard: ‘The U.S. National Anthem’ … Salute What? Who?

Stan Shepperd
Music industry consultant, Stan Shepperd

*In doing some research for a project I was working on, I happened to come across some “extremely interesting information” that I feel all Americans, especially Black Americans, should know about.

If you are a Black person reading this, I’d like to be in the room with you to see the look on your face when you digest the facts given below.

Ok, here we go.

The “STAR SPANGLED BANNER” (U.S. National Anthem) was written by “Mr. Francis Scott Key” in 1814, while he was being held captive on a British vessel while the British Fleet bombarded Fort McHenry, in Baltimore.

When the bombing was over, Francis Scott Key saw the American flag still waving over the fort, and feeling so inspired, he went on to write the “Star Spangled Banner”, which went on to become our nation’s national anthem.

Well, here are the “facts” surrounding the lovely author of this document:

1. “Francis Scott Key” was a U.S. Attorney for Washington D.C., and he was an “inside member of President Andrew Jackson’s Kitchen Cabinet”.

2. “Francis Scott Key” wrote “four verses” to the National Anthem, but we were only informed about the first “two verses”.

3. In the “third and fourth verses”, he speaks of “Hirelings”,
(Slaves) and how they should try to come to “our side to try to win their freedom”.

4. He also makes references to “The foul footsteps of the Slaves”.

5. He was also responsible for “Starting the first race riot in the nation’s capital in 1835 called, “The Snow Riot”.

6. The “Snow Riot” was started because Mr. Key “targeted and prosecuted an “Abolitionist”, which was a person who was dedicated to “ending Slavery”, for “possessing materials speaking on the subject”.

Now, usually I would have a closing paragraph to my article, but I truly feel that I should end this right here. Therefore, leaving you to ponder the information I have shared with you this day, allowing you to draw your own conclusions.

Thank you and God bless.

Stan Sheppard can be reached by email: [email protected]



  1. And he told that story to reference to what? Was this supposed to make BLACK AMERICANS bow down? Was he trying to prove a point? If so I guess I missed it. It does not change the facts why Africans were brought. And tricked into slavery. And it don’t change the race and discrimination going on today. Ask him if he knrw The Origiinal Ehyptians wete Black? Ask him how many inventions he uses were made by a black person? Sounds like he himself is suffering from a great case of preduice. Sucks to b him.

  2. You BIG DUUMY! You must not have read the article! This man hit it right on point!
    What he is saying is WHY SHOULD BLACK AMERICANS SING THIS SONG’S PRAISES WHEN IT WAS PENNED BY A WHITE RACIST! Lets go back to school baby! You’ll get it sooner or later!

  3. Dear ZERENIA WHITE… Are you THAT STUPID? Anyone ( BUT YOU ) see’s what the man is saying! And when you type a response… please get a dictionary and learn how to spell before you talk bad about someone! I know you must having been moving too fast! “EGYPTIAN” is the CORRECT SPELLING! STAN SHEPPARD HIT THIS SUBJECT RIGHT ON THE SPOT!
    That Zerenia woman is in need of a tutor!

  4. WOW! what great info! Kudo’s to this guy Stan Sheppard.
    and does anybody have Stan Sheppard’s phone number? I wanna holla at him!
    He sooooo fine im sure we could do well together! He could educate me all day long!

  5. AND “WHO IS THAT DUMB FOOL” Zerenia whoever wrote that dumbass first comment? She said she missed his point?
    How could you miss THAT POINT? Kind of basic if you ask me.
    Get some mental assistance for that thot!

  6. THANK YOU MR. STAN SHEPPARD. I never knew this. and keep informing the readers with this type of information. That lady’s first comment was sad. Evidently, this is a woman who didn’t do well in school and probably would have trouble putting together a puzzle with only two pieces to it. Thank you again Mr. Stan Sheppard.

  7. LOL! The comments here are GREAT! And PLEASE introduce me to that woman ZERENA who wrote that IGNORANT FIRST COMMENT! I got a house I want to sell her in IRAQ!

  8. My GOD please get this information out to all BLACK FOLKS!

    And that first sista’s comments were so out of touch that I feel sorry for her.
    She is a very dumb “speller” also! There are night school classes for people like you honey!
    Basic spelling classes would help and maybe we can read her “GREEN EGGS AND HAM” and she will understand what the author is saying. Please tell me WHAT COMPANY WOULD EMPLOY HER SO I CAN AVOID THEM.

  9. WHO IS THAT FIRST COMMENT COMING FROM? This woman CANNOT BE THAT DUMB CAN SHE? Well… maybe she can be that dumb. THAT BROAD MISSPELLED “3 WORDS IN A 6 WORD SENTENCE”. What’s your name “ZERENIA” ? Ok we’re gonna get a “crowd funding company” to get YOU a G.E.D. diploma. I cannot believe a person who took time to write a response to this article could be that stupid when writing a paragraph. She messed up almost EVERY SENTENCE with either bad sentence structure or poorly spelled words.

  10. Personally, after reading that lady’s first comment, I had to go back and re-read the man’s article. My dear woman, “WHAT DON’T YOU UNDERSTAND?” You said “you must have MISSED THE POINT OF THE ARTICLE? Obviously you did miss the man’s point. Anyone with a 3rd grade education could get his point. This type of woman is the reason we are held back as a race. Running her mouth about things she does NOT UNDERSTAND. I read Mr. Stan Sheppard’s article and it was very informative and well written. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.

  11. It’s time to do a little homework and not be mislead. The 3rd verse reference to “slave” is referring to the British practice of kidnapping American seamen and forcing them into service on the British man-of-war ships. The “hirelings” were the German mercenaries. Some sources, none of which I have found to be well documented but may be true, state that the British enticed slaves and Native Americans to fight against our newly formed country. The Americans felt the British had unleashed savages against them. I am sure most of us would have felt the same had our lives and our new found freedoms been threatened. Remember, Britain was the super power of the world at the time. There were many free Blacks who fought on the side of the United States in 1812 and have done so in all of the American wars. They have been great patriots and have fought under the this very same “Star Spangled Banner.” The first African American to receive the Medal of Honor was Sgt. William H. Carney, Union Army of the Civil War who was the flag bearer and received his medal for protecting the flag from the enemy at the peril of his life and with injury. Slavery was wrong, but was the way of life in the South. Our Country paid a great price to right that wrong with the blood of many white and black men on both sides. We should not be ashamed of our flag and for which it stands. We should also read all of the verses of the National Anthem. They are wonderful and meaningful, especially the last verse. Our Country was founded on “God given rights” and “Godly principles.” That is what makes our Country different and special. It is when we stray from those principles, our nation is weakened. May we wave that Star Spangled Banner and sing its Anthem with meaning and conviction.

    Oh say can you see, by the dawn’s early light
    What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
    Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
    O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
    And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
    Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
    Oh, say does that star spangled banner yet wave
    O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

    On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
    Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
    What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
    As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
    Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
    In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
    ‘Tis the star spangled banner! Oh long may it wave
    O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

    And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
    That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion,
    A home and a country should leave us no more!
    Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.
    No refuge could save the hireling and slave
    From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
    And the star spangled banner in triumph doth wave
    O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

    Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
    Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
    Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued land
    Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
    Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
    And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
    And the star spangled banner in triumph shall wave
    O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

    • So why was the “Snow Riot” started?
      You also saying Mr. Key didn’t “targeted and prosecuted an “Abolitionist” for “possessing materials speaking on the subject”?

  12. Mr. Sheppard IS RIGHT ! WHO is this FOOL named Diana Packard?
    I cannot believe she wrote that DEFENDING THESE RACIST BASTARDS!


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