A team of football to semi-professional will no longer be the american national anthem before the games and replace it instead by “This Land is Your Land” by Woody Guthrie.
Tulsa Athletic, of the National Premier Soccer League, announced Wednesday that to create a more inclusive environment, it would change the song. The team said that it had decided to make the change after having examined the lyrics of ” The Star-Spangled Banner.”
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“After careful consideration of the words and the meaning of” The Star-Spangled Banner “, including the third verse which mentions “No refuge could save the hireling and slave / From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave …” , ‘Tulsa Athletic came to the decision that the song does not correspond to the core values of the club. Although this verse is rarely sung, Tulsa Athletic does not believe that “The Star-Spangled Banner” represents or unites their various players, fans and community, ” said the team in a press release.
The co-owner of Tulsa Athletic, Sonny Dalesandro, also commented on the change.
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“Since our inception, we have developed a culture of inclusion and acceptance in Tulsa Athletic “, he said in the press release. “We live in a country that lets us speak freely of our voice. We use this law as a club to continually trying to improve our team and our community. We believe that “This Land Is Your Land” captures not only a powerful patriotic feelings, but the fact that he does so much more inclusive. The song is about the construction and sharing of this country by every person of every race, ethnic origin, religion and sexual orientation. It represents a future that Tulsa Athletic is committed to achieve. ”
The club encouraged the fans to sing the song ” if they are comfortable “.
Tulsa Athletic has six home games this season.
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The NPSL was founded in 2003 and consists of several teams across the United States. Tulsa Athletic plays in the Heartland Conference.