PRI's The World Published by PRI's The World Historians disagree on whether 'The Star-Spangled Banner' is racist Download this audio Want to embed this player? Use the code below. More info. <iframe frameborder="0" scrolling="no" height="130" width="100%" src="https://www.wnyc.org/widgets/ondemand_player/wnyc/#file=/audio/json/658845/&share=1"></iframe> Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Email a Friend The decision of 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to stop standing for the national anthem has provoked a lot of debate, to say the least. One part of the argument is about the anthem's little-known third stanza, and whether it is racist.