The NAACP's California chapter passed resolutions during its state conference last month to push to remove "The Star-Spangled Banner" as the national anthem and to help former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sign with another team, according to a report Thursday.
The group has started sending out copies of the resolution to legislative offices in California and will work to garner support from state lawmakers in January when they return to the Capitol, the Sacramento Bee reports.
"We owe a lot of it to Kaepernick," Alice Huffman, NAACP California chapter president told the publication. "I think all this controversy about the knee will go away once the song is removed."
Huffman, who reportedly drafted the resolutions this fall after President Trump told NFL owners to fire any "son of a bitch" who refused to stand during the national anthem, also told a California CBS TV station on Thursday that "The Star-Spangled Banner" is "racist" and "anti-black."
"Our flag and national anthem unite us as Americans," Republican Assemblyman Travis Allen told the outlet. "Protesting our flag and national anthem sows division and disrespects the diverse Americans who have proudly fought and died for our country. Real social change can only happen if we work together as Americans first."