The Oregon State Parliament in the United States passed a resolution to change the text of the state anthem to eliminate racist language and make the text more inclusive.
Resolution 11 modified the text while maintaining the music of “Oregon, my Oregon”, which reflects the “significant cultural, historical, economic and social development” of the state since the anthem was adopted in 1927.
The modification includes a change in the first verse of the song, which referred to Oregon as a place “conquered and ruled by free men; the most beautiful and best,” according to The Oregonian.
In the second stanza, Parliament decided to replace “blessed with the blood of martyrs” with “blessed with the love of freedom”. Despite the fact that the song is usually played at ceremonies and at the beginning of each legislative term, many citizens do not know the anthem.
The new texts were proposed by Amy Shapiro, who lives in Beaverton. “The changes it contains are small but profound,” he said. “Old-fashioned and offensive, the anthem’s words glorified oppression and murder,” he said before clarifying that they have now been replaced with “inspirational” words that reflect the “natural beauty” of Oregon.
“It had to be changed or no one would keep singing it. If we do it that way, people will like it and we will not eliminate the story,” he said. The resolution now goes to Governor Kate Brown for ratification.