Francis Scott Key, handsome and very wealthy dude, creator of our National Anthem, slave owner. Interesting how no one ever sings The Star Spangled Banner in its entirety. Here is the 3rd Verse:
No refuge could save the hireling & slave/
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave:/
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave/
Written in the War of 1812, when the United States was decades from the Emacipation Proclamation, some would argue semantics, that Key did not really refer to the real slaves. Horse shit. Such arguments are akin to “slaves were happy during the Middle Passage, and danced on deck gleefully.” Time and time again in our history, written by white Americans, we see this bias, trying to explain away or rationalize our sorry racist past and present. Enough!
So Joe, or Bern, or hell, one of you, please take a damn knee!