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AP Explains: Why national anthem is patriotism, protest icon

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's recent decision to not stand during the national anthem as a way of protesting police killings of unarmed black men has drawn support and scorn far beyond sports. The Associated Press explains how "The Star-Spangled Banner" became a ritual of American public life, its complicated racial origins and how the song has been used as a form of political resistance.

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THE NATIONAL ANTHEM AS A RITUAL OF AMERICAN SPORT

The national anthem and sports first merged in the early 20th century, when "The Star-Spangled Banner" became part of baseball games. The anthem is played before the start of every U.S....

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