In 2020, the NFL introduced “Lift Every Voice and Sing” as a pre-game staple to be played before each NFL game. This song also referred to as the “black national anthem, ” was added to align the league with the Black Lives Matter movement.
The reason for its inclusion was to provide a concession for those who felt that the racist origins of “The Star-Spangled Banner” did not represent them.
However, designating a national anthem for only one racial group goes against everything America stands for.
This is something Conservative firebrand Kari Lake reinforced by choosing to sit during the song at the Super Bowl LVII in Glendale, Arizona.
“The @NFL played two different ‘National Anthems’ tonight. Someone just sent me a photo of @KariLake sitting during the first one,” conservative journalist Benny Johnson tweeted.
Lake confirmed her decision and stated that she subscribes to the idea of “one Nation, under God.”
Lake’s Twitter campaign explained:
“Our girl is against the idea of a ‘black National Anthem’ for the same reason she’s against a ‘white National Anthem,'” the account tweeted.
“She subscribes to the idea of ‘one Nation, under God.'”
Lake’s decision was met with accusations of racism and bigotry from the left, who claim America’s history is tainted by racism.
This led to the notion that “The Star-Spangled Banner” can only represent white people and that each individual should sing a different national anthem based on their skin color.
It is important to note that America is a country that has created more freedoms for more people than any other nation on the planet.
The country has one anthem, representing every person, regardless of race. Lake’s decision to stand up for this ideal at a time when so few people are willing to stand up for anything is commendable.
In conclusion, the NFL’s effort to reinforce its alignment with the Black Lives Matter movement by introducing “Lift Every Voice and Sing” as a pre-game staple has sparked a nationwide criticism.
While the song has noble origins, designating it as a national anthem for only one racial group is divisive and has led to a larger conversation about the role of national anthems in a culturally diverse society.