Americans thought the National Football League learned its lesson about getting involved in politics.
But in the biggest game of the year, the NFL decided to dive headfirst into the culture war.
And now the NFL just disrespected the national anthem in this insane way.
The NFL announced that R&B artist Andra Day will perform “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” known as the black national anthem prior to Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas.
Peace & Blessings!!! Performing the Anthem at the SuperBowl yall! Grateful! Thank You God 🤗🙏🏾 💚
See you on February 11th 🔥 @RocNation
— Andra Day (@AndraDayMusic) January 18, 2024
The NFL began incorporating “Lift Every Voice and Sing” into the pregame ceremonies for the league’s biggest games following the Black Lives Matter insurrection in 2020.
That year the league tried to accommodate the national anthem protests that sprung up in the wake of Colin Kaepernick taking a knee during “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
But embracing Black Lives Matter caused fan backlash.
At the opening game of the 2020 season, fans in Kansas City booed a pregame ceremony dedicated to honoring the violent Black Lives Matter movement.
There is a mixed reaction to adding “Lift Every Voice and Sing” to the Super Bowl pregame festivities.
Columbia professor Shana Redmond falsely claimed the song is more unifying than the national anthem.
“The national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner, was missing something — was missing a radical history of inclusion, was missing an investment in radical visions of the future of equality, of parity,” Redmond stated. “Lift Every Voice and Sing became a counterpoint to those types of absences and elisions.”
Miami University professor Rodney Coates disagreed, describing the NFL having artists perform it as the lowest form of racial “pandering.”
“It’s blatant pandering to public sentiment,” Coates declared. “It would be a publicity stunt.”
Sports themselves are unifying.
Americans from diverse backgrounds, political beliefs, and religions come together to form a team where there is only one goal – winning – and the only subject up for debate is the best means of achieving victory.
The NFL loses sight of that fact from time to time.