Posted BY: RM | NwoReport
Former gubernatorial contender Kari Lake ignited controversy by criticizing the NFL’s decision to include a rendition of the “black national anthem” before the season’s opening game. A local youth choir performed “Lift Every Voice and Sing” before kickoff in Kansas City, resulting in boos from the crowd. Christian singer Natalie Grant followed with “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
Lake took to social media, expressing her disapproval of the NFL’s divisive actions. She declared, “America has only ONE National Anthem, and that Anthem is color blind,” while sharing a photo of herself sitting during a previous performance of “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”
The NFL introduced the practice of playing “Lift Every Voice and Sing” at the start of the 2020 season, and it had featured in pregame ceremonies before the last three Super Bowls. While Lake’s stance drew criticism, some black conservatives supported her, including former California gubernatorial candidate Larry Elder and Utah Rep. Burgess Owens. They argued that there should be only one national anthem, which unifies all Americans.
I hear the @NFL is still trying to force this divisive nonsense down America's throats.— Kari Lake (@KariLake) September 8, 2023
I won't stand for it. Literally.
America has only ONE National Anthem and that Anthem is color blind. https://t.co/fFSHcp7sP1
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Larry Elder emphasized, “We have one national anthem, and it’s THE national anthem,” and criticized the notion of separate anthems based on skin color. He believed such practices were divisive and suggested that blacks were somehow different from American history.
Burgess Owens concurred, accusing the NFL of actively working to divide Americans and expressing his commitment to the singular national anthem that unites the nation.
Kari Lake was not amused by the “black national anthem.” pic.twitter.com/5Ri6RUDy09— Brigitte Gabriel (@ACTBrigitte) February 13, 2023
Kari Lake’s criticism of the NFL’s inclusion of the “black national anthem” reflects a broader debate about unity and division in America. While some support her stance, others argue that recognizing different anthems perpetuates division. The issue continues to be a point of contention in the ongoing national conversation about race and unity.