Super Bowl singing black national anthem sparks backlash, NFL bashed for pushing politics of racial division - Conservative Angle
Super Bowl 58 featured Andra Day singing the black national anthem, sparking controversy online with many slamming the NFL's decision.
Super Bowl LVIII featured performances of "The Star-Spangled Banner," "America the Beautiful," and "Lift Every Voice and Sing," commonly known as the black national anthem. R&B singer Andra Day performed the black national anthem at the event. Her song "Rise Up" became associated with the Black Lives Matter movement, and Day has spoken about the honor of using her platform to serve the community and address racial injustice.
However, the NFL's decision to feature the black national anthem at the Super Bowl sparked controversy. Many online commentators criticized the move, calling it divisive and unnecessary. Some political figures and media personalities, including Republican lawmaker Mike Loychik, talk show host Megyn Kelly, and conservative commentator CJ Pearson, expressed their disapproval of the black national anthem being sung at the event. They argued that the United States already has a national anthem that includes everyone and that the NFL's decision was promoting racial division.
Others, such as host Tim Young and Rep. Matt Gaetz, also voiced their objections to the singing of the black national anthem at the Super Bowl. They questioned why the NFL only featured two anthems and suggested that including anthems for other racial and ethnic groups would be more inclusive.
The song "Lift Every Voice and Sing" was written in 1900 and recognized as the "black national anthem" by the NAACP in 1919. It has been performed at previous Super Bowl events and was played at every NFL game during the first week of the 2020 season. Despite the controversy surrounding its inclusion at the Super Bowl, the black national anthem has a long history and holds significance for many individuals and communities.