"Land of the kike home of the wop"

This is a bastardization of “the land of the free and the home of the brave”, the line which ends each verse of America’s National Anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner. Kike and wop are offensive slang terms for Jews and Italians respectively: both groups had migrated in large numbers to the US in the late 19th century, the former as a result of the persecution they experienced in Europe and the latter to escape economic hardship.


Listen to a recording of The Star-Spangled Banner by Duke Ellington.


Star-Spangled Banner
Public DomainStar-Spangled Banner - Credit: Francis Scott Key (lyrics)