NFL To Play The Black National Anthem During Week 1 Games
According to The Undefeated, an ESPN sports show about race and culture, the NFL will play a rendition of the black national anthem before “The Star-Spangled Banner” at each Week 1 game.
That’s right, the NFL is fighting racism with segregation.
The other decisions made by the NFL are far less bizarre and include listing the names of police violence victims before each game and adding graphics to uniforms. They’re even upping their social justice funding from $100 million over 10-years to $250 million.
If the NFL covers all people impacted by police brutality then it’s easily supported by fans, unlike dividing the country further with racial anthems.
The Black National Anthem
The black national anthem is “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” a song created in 1899, which the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) claimed as the black national anthem in 1919.
The song has strong lyrics that clearly link back to slavery, but also have a joyous, religious, hopefulness to them. It’s a beautiful song that has a deep-rooted meaning but calling it the black national anthem at a time of national division adds fuel to an already blazing fire.
Putting it before the country’s national anthem might be a way to show solidarity for the Black Lives Matter movement but many people will also see it as a sign of division and disrespect.
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Hispanic, Asian, Middle-Eastern, and Black National Anthems?
In a recent interview, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell admitted to wanting to put right what he believes he (the NFL) got wrong during the 2017 and 2018 seasons when Colin Kaepernick and Co. were kneeling through the national anthem.
However, if anthem segregation over police shooting is the new route for the NFL, perhaps they should focus on the people killed most by the police?
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With these numbers from Statista, the white national anthem should be played first, followed by the black national anthem, then the hispanic national anthem, before ending with a medley of hits from around the world. Or is it that, only the black national anthem matters?
DISCLAIMER: The above is an idiotic idea and we pray people can unite under the flag and national anthem.