Council votes on national anthem

By Jessica Strand - Staff Reporter



Council votes on national anthem 

Student Government will vote on whether to remove the national anthem from commencement during their next council meeting on April 25.

Commencement has traditionally included a rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner during the ceremony.  

Last quarter, Student Government started a conversation on whether the anthem is a good representation of the diverse Highline community.

Student Government President James Jackson has been the driving force behind the conversation.

The discussion stems from the fact that the author of the song, Francis Scott Key, was a slave owner and had racist views toward African-Americans, and that during the time it was written, a large portion of the American population were not considered free.

During the last student council meeting on April 11, Student Government officials discussed how the national anthem vote will look.

It will consist of two votes.

The first yes or no vote will ask whether The Star- Spangled Banner should be played at Commencement.

In addition to that vote, if the vote determines that, yes, the anthem should remain in Commencement, the second vote will ask whether it should remain the way it has traditionally been, or whether an additional song should be added to represent the individuals who feel unrepresented.

If the first vote determines that, no, the anthem should not be in Commencement, the second vote would ask whether there should be a substitute song, or no song at all.

The members of the council, which include the Student Government president and vice president, the speaker of the caucuses, and club leaders, will be the people voting on the issue.

However, anyone can attend a council meeting, and watch the voting process. 

The vote will take place during the next council meeting on April 25 from 1:30-3 p.m. in the Skokomish room of Building 8.

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