Every week on The Debate, The Derringer investigates a hot button issue, giving you the pros and cons so that you can make up your own mind. Today, we ask if “Death to America” should replace the national anthem, or if that would be just another pernicious form of cultural appropriation? Here’s The Debate:
On the one hand, chanting “Death to America” would be a very progressive choice for a new national anthem, and, let’s be honest, we need one. The current anthem, besides glorifying war, also celebrates the American flag, which, as we all know, is a symbol for hegemonic imperial ambition and capitalist exploitation. Beyond replacing the anthem, we could even replace the flag with a literarily burning American flag to signal our own acknowledgment past, present, and future crimes. This would go a long way towards improving our image in the world.
On the other hand, replacing the national anthem with “Death to America” could be seen as a flagrant act of cultural appropriation. Chanting “Death to America” originated from other cultures who were oppressed by the American empire. If we were to replace our national anthem with chants of “Death to America,” we would be whitewashing the fruits of their struggles and presenting them as an emblem of a European culture, which is not cool. The solution? Perhaps changing our national anthem to “Death to America” and paying royalties to the original chanters every time it’s played. That way we can flagellate ourselves upon the world stage and support oppressed nations at the same time.
What do you think? The Derringer wants to hear your opinions, so send us a message and give us your take. The Debate will be back next week without another raging debate to inform and challenge our readers. Until then, stay safe you imperialist pigs! Happy New Year!