NFL Decides to Play “Black National Anthem” Before Games on Week 1
The NFL, in its infinite proclivity towards pandering, has decided to play the “Black National Anthem” before the Star Spangled Banner at the games in week 1. “Lift every voice and sing” has been called the “Black National Anthem.” But not everyone is happy about the NFL’s decision. It looks more like pandering than advocating for real change. But then, that’s normal for liberals: talk talk talk with no substantive ideas to really make a difference.
The “Negro National Anthem,” as it was called back when it was written by James Weldon Johnson, was a song of hope. Johnson was a Black activist, author and poet, and a school Principal. He was also a Republican who denounced the Democrats for lynching Blacks.
“Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” was written in 1900. It was written to honor Republican Booker T. Washington, who visited the school where Johnson was principal. (The Grand Old Partisan) The more militant folks probably wouldn’t have chosen that song.
The responses to the NFL decision on Twitter were telling:
How many national anthems do we have??
Is there an Hispanic national anthem?
An Asian-American national anthem?
This is asinine. We are ONE America. E Pluribus Unum. https://t.co/nv0djWREnH
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) July 3, 2020
Black Candidate for Congress in Utah, former NFL player:
There is no "black national anthem". Why does it feel like the country is trying to segregate again sometimes?
— Burgess Owens (@BurgessOwens) July 3, 2020
Black retired US Military veteran:
As an American, I cannot support an anthem for black people only. Who is recommending this non-sense and why are organizations listening to any of it? We are letting invisible forces divide us. Who requested that the NFL play a “black anthem” Why don’t they show their faces?
— Dr. LaJuan Fuller (@DrLajuanFuller) July 3, 2020
Black candidate for Congress in California:
There is no such thing as a Black National Anthem.
Stop the pandering.
— Errol Webber For Congress (CA-37) (@ErrolWebber) July 3, 2020
NFL is playing a very dangerous game and it's not football.
— Chuck Woolery (@chuckwoolery) July 4, 2020
‘Are we in Africa!?’ Scorching responses to NFL’s black national anthem keep coming https://t.co/nGcmQabbwy
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) July 4, 2020
Burgess Owens is a former NFL Safety. He is now running for Utah’s 4th district Congressional seat. He believes this NFL pandering is part of the plan to get Joe Biden elected, and even bring back segregation.
“So the far left has orchestrated a race war in an effort to get the last segregationist in politics @JoeBiden elected president. Did I miss anything?”
He’s also well aware what the song “Lift ev’ry voice and sing” is all about.
“I’m not doing this to be “heard and respected”, I have hundreds of racist messages showing the opposite. It’s a beautiful song, a piece of history, it’s not a “black national anthem”. I’m an American, and have a national anthem. It’s time to stop forcing segregation and be one.” Burgess Owens
I'm not doing this to be "heard and respected", I have hundreds of racist messages showing the opposite. It's a beautiful song, a piece of history, it's not a "black national anthem". I'm an American, and have a national anthem. It's time to stop forcing segregation and be one https://t.co/k3YLJEuy0T
— Burgess Owens (@BurgessOwens) July 4, 2020
So there you have the controversy. It’s humorous that the song chosen to play before the standard National Anthem was written by a Black Republican who called out Democrats for their racism. It appears that the NFL continues to shoot itself in the foot.
Featured photo: screenshot from Twitter @tedcruz