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Old July 2nd, 2008, 08:42 PM   #1
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http://www.9news.com/news/article.as...4919&catid=188

DENVER - Mayor John Hickenlooper's annual State of the City address may get more attention for what wasn't included than what was.
At the start of the event Tuesday morning, City Council President Michael Hancock introduced singer Rene Marie to perform the national anthem.
Instead, she performed the song "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing," which is also known as the "black national anthem."
When she finished, the audience responded with mild applause. The national anthem was never performed.
Marie told 9NEWS she kept her plans to switch songs quiet until the very last moment. She says only she, her husband and a friend knew she was going to sing something other than the "Star-Spangled Banner."
She says she wanted to express her love of her country by mixing the lyrics of "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing" with the melody of the "Star-Spangled Banner."
"When I decided to sing my version, what was going on in my head was: 'I want to express how I feel about living in the United States, as a black woman, as a black person,'" said Marie.
Hickenlooper's staff picked Marie to sing the national anthem. The mayor says he believes Marie did not intrend to offend anyone or make a political statement.
When asked if he was offended, Hickenlooper said, "You know I was more confused and I think I was more what I was, was disappointed and confused and that's why I wanted to talk to her."
"Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing" was written as a poem by James Weldon Johnson in 1899 and set to music by his brother in 1900.
City Councilman Charlie Brown took to talk radio Tuesday afternoon to criticize the absence of the national anthem at the State of the City proceedings.
"There is no substitute for the national anthem, period," Brown said. "And that's what really bothered me. You know when we fly the flag, the American flag, it's always the highest flag, as it should be. And that didn't come across today, that didn't happen today."
In hindsight, both Brown and Hickenlooper say they should have stopped Marie or began singing themselves.
Marie says if she had the benefit of doing it over, she would sing the same song.
When asked if she would apologize for what happened she said, "No I do not."
Marie has been singing professionally for 10 years.
Brown says he doesn't have a problem with people expressing their views, but he says Marie chose the wrong venue.

Just imagine if Obama gets into office, it will be over then
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Old July 2nd, 2008, 08:49 PM   #2
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whoa, i'm right there with you man...I'm super pissed to the max

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Old July 2nd, 2008, 08:51 PM   #3
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Blacks are so oppressed in this country.

Srsly.
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That's Bullshit....
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thats my point, they want everything equak but they bull this stuff. It is only going to get worse if the " change man" gets elected

They will think they own the country more then they do now
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"When I decided to sing my version, what was going on in my head was: 'I want to express how I feel about living in the United States, as a black woman, as a black person,'" said Marie.
STOP COMPLAINING LADY. ugh. YOUR JUST BLACK! Color wouldnt matter anymore if people quit compaining so much. I would sue. She was comissioned to do a job and didn't deliver.

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The mayor says he believes Marie did not intrend to offend anyone or make a political statement.
LOL YEAH RIGHT. Sometimes i wonder if politicians are lieing to be p/c or are acually retarded.
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The Star Spangled Banner is our country's national anthem. It's like she was from another country when she chose to sing another song. She chose "black pride" above national pride. That's just so wrong.
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"When I decided to sing my version, what was going on in my head was: 'I want to express how I feel about living in the United States, as a black woman, as a black person,'" said Marie.
They should have stopped her and escorted her away.
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They should have stopped her and escorted her away.
Then every white person within 400 miles would have been called a racist.
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Then every white person within 400 miles would have been called a racist.
Unfortunately you're probably right.
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I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
That woman showed poor character when she chose another song above our national anthem.
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and the black people will say its ok to be that way again its ok for them but not us

this isnt a race thing this is a American thing


Either your proud of being American or leave the country

If you dont like the go back to the country of africa that you are so proud of calling your heritage
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i love when theyd rather be called african americans, even though you gotto go back generations to get to the ones from africa. thatd be like me wanting to be called an irish german american. wtf.
its like they all didnt read the part of history were slavery WAS NOT STARTED BY US. Who the hell do you think we bought most of the slaves from? AFRICANS. jeeze.
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i love when theyd rather be called african americans, even though you gotto go back generations to get to the ones from africa. thatd be like me wanting to be called an irish german american. wtf.
its like they all didnt read the part of history were slavery WAS NOT STARTED BY US. Who the hell do you think we bought most of the slaves from? AFRICANS. jeeze.
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Jesus Christ, I don't need to hear any more about this. It is the top news story throughout the WHOLE state right now and I hear it every 5 minutes. I'm sooo sick of it.
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I agree that it's a load of crap that she knew she was expected to sing the national anthem but sang something else instead.

I think it's also a load of crap to somehow try to spin this into an attack on Obama.
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I agree that it's a load of crap that she knew she was expected to sing the national anthem but sang something else instead.

I think it's also a load of crap to somehow try to spin this into an attack on Obama.
um, obviously Bruce, if people start singing whatever they want and they are black it's Obama's fault.


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I'm sick of my people getting the bad rap, look, she didn't sing the song you wanted her to....big deal, its a free country.
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I'm sick of my people getting the bad rap, look, she didn't sing the song you wanted her to....big deal, its a free country.
your right then why cant the klan burn crosses?? It is a free country right?
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I'm sick of my people getting the bad rap, look, she didn't sing the song you wanted her to....big deal, its a free country.
but she didn't sing the song she was hired to sing.
That is the same as me hiring someone to do drywall and them building a deck.

I don't care what color the bitch is, she didn't do her job.
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I agree that it's a load of crap that she knew she was expected to sing the national anthem but sang something else instead.

I think it's also a load of crap to somehow try to spin this into an attack on Obama.


Did you not expect someone to spin it that way?

If Obama gets elected we will all be growin fro's, wearing platform shoes, drivin pimp caddies, chasin our hoes and eating fried chicken and watermelon on Sundays after the baptist revival meetin where we all stand and sing and say hallelujah and amen.

This woman was wrong in changing the lyrics to the National Anthem. It was an insult to the Anthem, IMO. She should be barred from any future appearances at city functions. It was simply not the right thing to do.
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