Former NBA Star Isiah Thomas Criticizes “Black National Anthem”

by Seth Udinski
Former NBA Star Isiah Thomas Criticizes “Black National Anthem”

Seth Udinski, FISM News


Professional sports has been one of the engines of the liberal revolution in the 21st century. Most recently, certain professional leagues, including the NFL, have elected to add a “separate” national anthem that they feel better represents minorities.

As such, the NFL announced prior to the 2021 season that they would be singing the song “Lift Every Voice and Sing” before every game along with The Star Spangled Banner. “Lift Every Voice” is often called the black national anthem, and the NFL added it to their pregame routine as a part of its social justice campaign.

But there are some in the athletic community who have vocally opposed the move, saying that it instead promotes discrimination in this action. One of those is former NBA star Isiah Thomas, a Hall of Fame point guard and NBA Finals MVP who spent 13 seasons in the league in the 80s and 90s. Thomas, an African American himself,  went on the show “Fearless” with conservative host Jason Whitlock to discuss his view on the singing of the “black national anthem” at NFL games.

In the interview Thomas said that all that the singing of the separate anthem does is emphasize our separateness.

When you sing the national anthem, and then you sing the black national anthem, the only thing that it does is it’s emphasizing our separateness. Our Founding Fathers, when they wrote the constitution and everything else, they were talking about bringing us together under one umbrella, under one constitution, where all men and women are created equal. When you sing those two different anthems, you’re just emphasizing…there are two different statuses in this country. Black and White.

Whitlock went on Fox News to further discuss the his discussion with Thomas and said that throughout the 2-hour interview Thomas was “pointing out the obvious…that you can’t have two national anthems if you want to be one country.”