Super Bowl Singing Of Black National Anthem Sparks Backlash, NFL Bashed For Pushing ‘Politics Of Racial Division Again’

The Star-Spangled Banner, “America the Beautiful,” and Andra Day’s rendition of the black national anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” all played during Super Bowl LVIII.  The NFL’s performance of the black national anthem was criticized online for “pushing the politics of racial division again.” Mike Loychik – a Republican lawmaker in the Ohio House of Representatives, said, “There’s no such thing as a ‘black national anthem.’ We are all AMERICANS, united by our great and beautiful Star Spangled Banner. The Super Bowl is supposed to bring us together. It’s a disgrace that the NFL decided to push the politics of racial division again.” After George Floyd’s death sparked racial and social justice protests, the NFL began having a vocalist sing “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” before each game, including the Super Bowl, during the 2020 season.

Do you think the backlash of the singing of “Life Every Voice and Sing” shows division with people not accepting it, or does the playing of the song itself cause division?