Sunday, July 5, 2020

There is no 'Black National Anthem'

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Former NFL player and GOP candidate for Congress in Utah Burgess Owens @burgess4utah , blasted the National Football League for its decision to air the “black national anthem” before season opening games this season. Owens was incensed over the NFL’s pandering to the Black Lives Matter movement saying, “there is no ‘black national anthem.'” He also felt as if the NFL was trying to return to the days of segregation. “There is no ‘black national anthem.’ Why does it feel like the country is trying to segregate again sometimes?” Owens tweeted on Thursday. Owens was responding to the the NFL’s announcement that it intends to begin playing the song, Lift Ev’ry Voice And Sing, a song that many blacks have taken to calling “the black national anthem.” The league says that the “black national anthem” will be played before the Star Spangled Banner prior to all Week 1 games. The song was created in 1905 from a 1900 poem written by James Weldon Johnson, an early leader of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Owens also recently took aim at the league for pandering to anti-American former player Colin Kaepernick, calling the former San Francisco 49ers second-string quarterback a “Marxist.” “If Goodell allows Kaepernick to come back, if they allow players to kneel during the national anthem, I’m willing to not watch the game,” Owens told Sports Illustrated last month. “We have too many Americans now accepting the notion that the flag should be a place where people should be ashamed of or take a knee, that’s what it comes down to,” Owens said. “I am disappointed that so many people are acquiescing today. They don’t understand the American way; they don’t understand the price paid. They need to understand that we can’t be bullied and [also] that we’re not an evil country. There is no other country in the world with the mixing of races and tolerance. We have to change the current narrative.”

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The NFL reportedly plans to play a song titled, Lift Ev’ry Voice And Sing, also known as the Black National Anthem, prior to every season opening game this year. The song, according to a source to ESPN, will be played prior to the Star-Spangled-Banner. According to ESPN: “Early last month, commissioner Roger Goodell in a video admitted that the league had erred in how it handled peaceful NFL player protests of police brutality and systemic oppression. Goodell condemned racism and affirmed that Black lives matter, pledging his allegiance to the players in the battle for equal justice under the law. Also in June, the league revealed plans to increase its social justice footprint by pledging to donate $250 million over a 10-year period. The league hopes its efforts demonstrate ‘a genuine commitment to the public, players and coaches and that player voices continue to be heard,’ the source wrote in a text message. ‘This is key to educating fans, and becoming a prominent voice in the fight to end racism.’” The NFL is also reportedly considering other social justice measures, such as listing the names of victims of alleged police brutality on team uniforms.

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NFL legend and Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker @therealherschel34 responded to the growing tensions across the country by appealing to the Bible, stressing the power of forgiveness and asking, “Why are we penalizing people for what their ancestors did?” “I was reading the greatest book ever written, the Bible, and I read ‘But if you don’t forgive others, your Father will not forgive your offenses.’ – Matthew 6:15,” the NFL great wrote, appealing to the words of Jesus. “Why are we penalizing people for what their ancestors did?” he asked. “Forgiveness doesn’t mean you get something in return.” On Friday, Walker said that he doesn’t want to defund the police. Nor, does he want to see the country’s history torn down. Instead, the former Heisman winner wants Americans to be “united.” Walker’s plea comes as protesters call for the removal of historic monuments, companies rebrand iconic items, and in some cases, activists demand individuals to admit their supposed “privilege” — all in the name of racial and social justice. Officials in Columbus, Ohio, for example, recently removed the statue of famed explorer Christopher Columbus, which stood outside of the City Hall. Mayor Andrew J. Ginther (D) stated that the statue represented “patriarchy, oppression and divisiveness” for “many” people in the community. “That does not represent our great city, and we will no longer live in the shadow of our ugly past,” Ginther added. Several activists nationwide have taken matters into their own hands, vandalizing monuments and demanding reparations from individuals who played no part in slavery. “Now is the time to go big,” Robert Johnson, founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET), told CNBC’s Squawk Box during a June appearance, demanding over $14 trillion in reparations and urging Americans to view it as an “investment.” “It is an atonement for 200-plus years of slavery, desegregation — I mean, segregation, Jim Crowism, and a denial of equal opportunity rights,” Johnson said during a June appearance on Fox News Channel’s Special Report.

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