Super Bowl to Feature the ‘Black National Anthem’
Why do we need a “black national anthem?” Is the performance of this anthem truly what America needs, or will it bring more harm than good?
From Front Page Magazine. The NFL has announced that for the fourth year in a row, the so-called black national anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” will be performed at the Super Bowl.
It appears we’ve come full circle since the 2004 Democratic National Convention when then-Illinois State Sen. Barack Obama said: “Yet even as we speak, there are those who are preparing to divide us. … There’s not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America; there’s the United States of America. … We are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of us defending the United States of America.” …
The national anthem is also the black/white/Asian/Hispanic national anthem. It is the national anthem of every citizen.
The country, including the sports world, has come a long way. There was a time when black quarterbacks were a rarity. … Black would-be coaches faced the same bigotry and discrimination. Today, the league and the public would not tolerate anti-black racism, and many a career — whether player, coach, or broadcaster — has been damaged, if not ended, over racist comments or comments perceived as racist. This is not your grandfather’s America. …
When New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft introduced his freshly hired coach to the media, Kraft said: “ … I chose the best head coach for this organization. He happens to be a man of color. But I chose him because I believe he’s best to do the job.”
But his new coach, Jerod Mayo, said: “ … I do see color because I believe if you don’t see color, you can’t see racism. … It goes back to whatever it is, Black, white, yellow, it really doesn’t matter, but it does matter so we can try to fix the problem that we all know we have.”
The problem we all know we have? …
What happens if at least some players reject the narrative that blacks remain victims and consider the singing of the black national anthem at the Super Bowl divisive? …
What do you think of a “black national anthem?” Share your thoughts and prayers below.
(Excerpt from Front Page Magazine. Photo Credit: Sawyer Sutton/Pexels via Canva Pro)
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