Why is the NFL Forcing The Divisive 'Black National Anthem' on Fans?

For many years, sports fans have clamored for more inclusivity and diversity in sports, and the NFL is finally responding to the call.

How is the league doing it? Well, definitely not by employing more Black coaches and officials or putting Colin Kaepernick out of free agency. 

Instead, the National Football League will kick off all Week 1 games this upcoming season by playing ‘Lift Evry Voice and Sing’ prior to the singing of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner.’

Radical leftists have hailed ‘Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing’ as the unofficial ‘black national anthem.’

Modern-Day Racial Segregation

Citing a report from the NFL official site, ESPN’s Jason Reid reported that playing the anthem is the league’s effort to “demonstrate ‘a genuine commitment to the public, players, and coaches [that their] voices continue to be heard.”

“This is key to educating fans, and becoming a prominent voice in the fight to end racism,” hr added.

Public demonstrations of fighting racism are indeed all the rage among brands and organizations who want to earn brownie points from investors who want to appear socially woke. 

However, not everyone is hearing the NFL's message loud and clear.

Melissa Tate, a Trump supporter of color, believes playing a separate anthem for the Black community is akin to racial segregation -- something that people of color have long fought to abolish.

In a tweet, she said: “‘Black National Anthem’ is offensive to me as black person. It assumes because I am black, the national anthem does not apply to me. America has only ONE national anthem that represents all Americans of every race, color, and creed.”

Mixed Response from Black Athletes

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Within the sporting community, the league’s decision could only be described as divisive.

Former Oakland Raider Burgess Owens is opposed to it. He wrote in a tweet: “There is no ‘black national anthem.’ Why does it feel like the country is trying to segregate again sometimes?

On the other hand, Jaguars receiver Chris Conley applauded the move, saying it was a great way to honor black heritage.

“The league taking the opportunity to play ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’ (the black national anthem is sweet,” he wrote in a tweet. 

“It’s a great way to honor those who started this movement years and years ago. For those who aren’t familiar with it, this song seeks to remind us of our past as a country and to strive to be better. It speaks to all of us not just black people even though it became a rallying cry for blacks in the Jim Crow era. It is a beautiful message birthed from pain,” he explained.

From where I stand, it seems we are back in the era of racial segregation. 

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July 5, 2020




Rosabell Toledo


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