A united crowd singing the national anthem would be ridiculed

I read with great interest Eric Moskowitz’s article regarding the Red Sox connection to the national anthem (“What so proudly they hail’d,” Page A1, Oct. 26). It was amazing to discover how newspapers of the period — including the Globe — covered those events. It was amazing because it is a near certainty that a large crowd uniting to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” today would be ridiculed by the media: derided as Trump voters, right-wing extremists, ignoramuses, or worse. No doubt Internet social media would chime in with other labels not fit to print. The same New York Times that wrote so eloquently about an uplifting scene in 1918, today would lament that so many racists could gather openly and call for boycotts of whatever venue prompted the event.

George Neuner II