“Black National Anthem” and the NFL

(UnitedVoice.com) – National Football League (NFL) Commissioner Roger Goodell has announced it will play the song Lift Every Voice and Sing, also known as the “Black National Anthem,” prior to every game on the opening day of the 2020 NFL season. The move is being viewed by some in the Black community as a cynical ploy brought on by the riots after the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police officers.

Lebron James, who is probably one of the most recognized athletes in the world, said he thinks the commissioner owes a direct apology to Colin Kaepernick. He was the first player to take a knee during the Star-Spangled Banner and has essentially been banished from the league ever since. Other news outlets have also pointed out that Goodell’s self-released video seems a little disingenuous because he avoided this and other topics.

While it’s difficult for any reasonable person to deny that black Americans have long been treated differently than whites, it’s quite possible that the sudden turnaround the nation is seeing could do more harm than good. These actions, and others being pushed by groups like Black Lives Matter (BLM) that insist on making a difference based on race, only make the gulf dividing the country even wider. Becoming a unified body cannot be accomplished by highlighting the differences.

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