As Americans gathered to watch the largest sporting spectacle of the year, Super Bowl LVII, people would’ve been surprised (although not really) to notice that we had a segregated national anthem performance this year, sponsored by the NFL. That’s because Super Bowl hosts invited Sheryl Lee Ralph to perform the separatist tune and “black national anthem,” Lift Every Voice and Sing, just before the Star Spangled Banner was performed. Of course, many liberals and BLM activists were outspoken in their support of the move praising the NFL for being “brave” and “stunning.” However, not all were impressed, and many on social media countered by pointing out that the move blatantly supported a divisive attitude towards Americans in regard to race and that playing the song alongside the National Anthem drives home a sense of tribalism and perceived moral differences, something our country clearly does not need more of.
BREITBART: ‘What’s More Divisive?’: Singing of ‘Black National Anthem’ Before Super Bowl Sparks Praise, Backlash
By Warner Todd Huston; February 12, 2023
Ahead of Super Bowl LVII, the NFL featured the singing of the so-called “black national anthem” to be sung before the proper national anthem, and wokesters on social media have thoughts.
The NFL brought in actress and singer Sheryl Lee Ralph to sing the 1905 tune, “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” who tweeted ahead of her performance that her appearance comes 123 years after the song was performed in public for the first time.
Ralph’s video shows her entering the stadium wearing a custom-made “X” jersey:
A legion of liberals quickly jumped to Twitter to celebrate the separatist song.
But not everyone thought that having a song that appeals only to blacks was a good idea to show national unity for a game that purportedly hopes to appeal to Americans of all races.