On Thursday night, the former Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake took to social media to slam the idea of the black national anthem being played before NFL games.
This came after a photo went viral earlier this year showing Lake defiantly refusing to stand for the black national anthem.
Kari Lake was not amused by the “black national anthem.” pic.twitter.com/5Ri6RUDy09
— Brigitte Gabriel (@ACTBrigitte) February 13, 2023
Lake ‘Won’t Stand For It’
“I hear the @NFL is still trying to force this divisive nonsense down America’s throats,” Lake wrote on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter. “I won’t stand for it. Literally.”
“America has only ONE National Anthem and that Anthem is color blind,” she added.
I hear the @NFL is still trying to force this divisive nonsense down America’s throats.
I won’t stand for it. Literally.
America has only ONE National Anthem and that Anthem is color blind. https://t.co/fFSHcp7sP1
— Kari Lake (@KariLake) September 8, 2023
Outkick reported that the NFL has been playing both “The Star Spangled Banner” and “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” also known as the “Black National Anthem,” before games since 2021, much to the dismay of conservatives everywhere.
When Lake was pictured staying seated during the black national anthem back in February, she was hit with tons of backlash from the left, but she refused to back down.
“I’m against a ‘black National Anthem’ for the same reason I am against a ‘white National Anthem,’ a ‘gay National Anthem,’ a ‘straight National Anthem,’ a ‘Jewish National Anthem,’ a ‘Christian National Anthem,’ and so on,” Lake told Fox News at the time
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“We are ONE NATION, under God. Francis Scott Key’s words ring true for every single American Citizen regardless of their skin color,” she added. “James Weldon Johnson’s ‘Lift Your Voice’ is a beautiful song, but it is not our National Anthem.”
Kari Lake Sits For The Black National Anthem
Do You Agree That There Is Only One National Anthem 👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻 pic.twitter.com/dEWQGuGkEe
— Trumps Nephew (@ForgiatoBlow47) February 13, 2023
Burgess Owens Backs Lake
Lake was also supported by black conservatives amidst the backlash.
“I agree with Kari Lake. We have one national anthem, and it’s the national anthem. I am as opposed to playing both anthems as I am to the term ‘African – America’ and to ‘Black History Month,’” Utah Congressman and former NFL player Burgess Owens told Fox News at the time.
“These things are divisive. They imply blacks are somehow separate and apart from American history, tradition and experience. It suggests continued victimization and oppression when antiblack racism in America has never been more insignificant,” he continued. “Blacks fought and died in every American war, including the Revolutionary War, in which a black man was the first casualty. We ARE American history.”
Owens went on to slam the NFL for “working very hard” to divide the American people.
“There is only one national anthem,” he said. “I will not stand for any other national anthem but our National Anthem, so I’m with Kari Lake. I will not be part of dividing our country between Blacks and Whites. I will not do that. I will not be part of it. The NFL has ashamed themselves.”
Ex-NFL Player, Congressional Candidate Burgess Owens: ‘There Is No Black National Anthem’. Former NFL player and candidate for Congress in Utah blasted the NFL for its decision to air the “black national anthem” It’s invented by Liberals to further devide us so they can conquer. pic.twitter.com/mlbERnI1eU
— KEYBOARD WARRIOR (@warrior_hub) July 4, 2020
Black National Anthem Performed Before Super Bowl
The NAACP has been promoting “Lift Every Voice and Sing” as the black national anthem since 1917, and it was frequently used as a rallying cry during the civil rights movement, according to The Washington Examiner. Earlier this year, Sheryl Lee Ralph controversially performed the song before the Super Bowl.
Both Lake and Owens are spot on in saying that the black national anthem is only meant to divide the American people even further. Woke liberals can push the black national anthem all that they want to, but in the end, there is only ONE national anthem in this country!
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