Students at odds
By Thunderword Staff
Students have mixed feelings on the national anthem presence at commencement.
Some students were unaware of the anthem's controversial history while others held firm beliefs that this song doesn't belong in the ceremony.
Even with the knowledge of the national anthem's controversial history, some students think it should be played at commencement anyway.
It is a tradition to sing the national anthem at commencement, it shouldn't change it now, said Kate French.
The negative history of the anthem would distract from the positivity of commencement, said David, who only gave his first name.
"Not everyone agrees with the song and it's not very inclusive," said Marissa Brewer.
Brewer doesn't think the national anthem represents America today. She believes it should not be played at commencement.
Another student, Sam Lee, thinks there are more positive songs that represent the U.S today.
"There is no point to play that song at commencement. We could easily find another patriotic song that is less offensive," said Lee.
Some students are more nonchalant about the anthem's presence at commencement.
"I don't think it really matters if the song plays at commencement," said a student who refused to give their name.
In previous issues of The Thunderword there has been some debate about whether the national anthem should play at commencement.
Francis Scott Key is the author of The Star-Spangled Banner, the United States' national anthem.
This song is controversial because if its use of the word "slave," in the original song and Key's racist views towards non-whites.