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The NFL announced that the black national anthem will be performed alongside the real National Anthem at the 2024 Super Bowl.
They will not be performing the Asian-American national anthem or the Hispanic national anthem.
A caller to my national radio show asked about the LGBT national anthem and whether the rainbow flag would be on display.
The NFL did not respond to my queries about whether “Y.M.C.A.” will be performed or whether the rainbow flag will be posted. You might recall it was President Trump who declared The Village People’s famous song as the gay national anthem.
Andra Day will sing “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” a spiritual that has long been known as the black national anthem.
Hundreds of my readers posted angry messages on my social media pages, accusing the NFL of dividing the nation.
“There was a time black and white were all Americans. One Anthem should cover us all,” one reader wrote. “There is only one national anthem.”
“I feel so sad for black Americans who are told they have to have a different anthem than all other Americans. If I were black. I would proudly sing, ‘Oh say can you see’ and dare anyone to tell me I can only sing a different anthem,” wrote another.
“We must not let anything divide us. We are all Americans and we have one National Anthem. God Bless America,” added a third reader.
And yet there are many prominent black activists and leaders who say the Star Spangled Banner is racist.
Jason Johnson, a professor at Morgan State University and a frequent guest on Fox Business, cited the anthem’s third verse as evidence of Francis Scott Key’s racism.
And where is that band who so vauntingly swore,Star Spangled Banner
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion
A home and a Country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash’d out their foul footstep’s pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
“It is one of the most racist, pro-slavery, anti-black songs in the American lexicon, and you would be wise to cut it from your Fourth of July playlist,” he wrote in an essay published on The Root.
He went on to write that the song “is as much a patriotic song as it is a diss track to black people who had the audacity to fight for their freedom. Perhaps that’s why it took almost 100 years for the song to become the national anthem.”
“It’s racist; it doesn’t represent our community, it’s anti-black,” said Alice Huffman, the president of the NAACP chapter in California.
“This song is wrong; it shouldn’t have been there, we didn’t have it ’til 1931, so it won’t kill us if it goes away,” Huffman told CBS News in Sacramento. “The message got distorted, the real intentions got overlooked, it became something that’s dividing us, and I’m looking for something to bring us back together.
Their argument is that Key was condemning American slaves who were fighting for the British. But there is no historical evidence that that was the case. As Prager U noted the phrase “hireling and slave” was a common rhetorical device used to describe foreign troops, enemy leaders and politicians.
As I write in my upcoming book, “Twilight’s Last Gleaming,” there is a disturbing movement to divide our nation along racial lines. And the activists who are pushing this so-called black national anthem are the worst of the worst. Click here to read my book.
These professional race agitators have been incredibly successful in tearing down statues and monuments, renaming streets and buildings and erasing any part of American history they choose to find offensive. That’s why Americans should take these sorts of threats seriously.
Left unchallenged, there’s a good chance that the new national anthem will be composed by Lil Nas X or Jay-Z.