Seth Udinski, FISM News
The NFL recently announced that it will play the song “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” widely regarded as the “Black National Anthem,” along with the Star Spangled Banner before every NFL game. The song was first played at an NFL game at the Super Bowl in 2020, which resulted in controversy.
This is part of a recent social justice initiative in which the NFL is investing a reported $250 million. Despite the obvious discrimination behind this decision, many on the left believe that the Star Spangled Banner does not appropriately represent the black community and feel that the black community needs its own “national anthem.”
Despite the left’s arguments, the majority of Americans disagree. According to a poll from Newt Gingrich’s American Majority Project, 61% of Americans believe that only the Star Spangled Banner should be played before NFL Games. 43% strongly agree, while 17% agree somewhat. According to the poll 28% disagree, and 11% are unsure. Further data shows that 64% of Republicans and 58% of Independents agreed with the sentiment.
Jim McLaughlin of McLaughlin and McLaughlin Associates, the firm that partnered with Gingrich on the poll, echoed the sentiment of many Americans across the political spectrum. He said,
The National Anthem is typically a uniting, not dividing force. It’s something most Americans agree on. It’s something we should all agree on, and this poll shows that.
Hopefully the NFL will exhibit some common sense and realize the division they will cause and encourage by playing a supposed “separate but equal” national anthem before all games.