By Semper Fidelis @Adobe Stock
Another Touchdown for the Left
E Pluribus Unum is dead, announces Dennis Prager. Mr. Prager is among critics who are upset that the recent inclusion of the “Black National Anthem” in sporting events is dividing Americans by race.
In 2001, following 9/11, the great black Chicago Cubs player Sammy Sosa hit a home run and ran around the bases waving a small American flag. Fifteen years later, Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the playing of the national anthem. The left, led by Barack Obama, Joe Biden, the Democratic Party, the media, the schools, and universities, had done their damage. As Dennis Prager notes in American Greatness, “So, now we play two “national anthems.”
At Super Bowl 2024, two anthems will be sung at the big game: One for Whites, the other for Blacks.
To keep the attendees standing, the National Football League has decided to play the “black national anthem” after the playing of the actual U.S. national anthem. Mr. Prager surmises it’s a way to keep fans on their feet rather than resting on their laurels while it is sung.
Keep ‘Em on Their Feet
Looking not for a repeat of last year’s Super Bowl, the NFL has decided to play America’s National Anthem first. Few fans will sit for the Black National Anthem.
The NFL doesn’t want a repeat of what occurred at last year’s Super Bowl in Arizona, when, as ABC News reported, “Former Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake went viral in 2023 for remaining seated during a performance of the song at Super Bowl LVII.” Last year, the “black national anthem” was played prior to the national anthem.
How destructive, asks Mr. Prager, is the decision to perform the “black national anthem” at a Super Bowl event?
Roger Goodell, the NFL commissioner, is among the few Americans of whom it will one day be said that he seriously damaged America.
From the Washington Post (2021):
“Under Roger Goodell, the NFL has gone far beyond the kneeling; it’s doubling down on ‘social justice.’ In addition to painting more slogans in the end zones and on players’ helmets, the League will be donating $250 million to Black Lives Matter and other activist groups to ‘combat systemic racism and support the battle against the ongoing and historical injustices faced by African-Americans.’”
Competing with the NFL are the National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball, both of which are trying to inject which organization is anchoring in more divisive left-wing politics into sports, continues Mr. Prager.
For example, during the 2023 baseball season, the Los Angeles Dodgers honored—yes, honored, not merely featured—an LGBT activist group, the “Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence,” (made) of men dressed as nuns mocking Catholic nuns.
Meanwhile, the NFL continues to paint “anti-racist” slogans in end zones and play the “black national anthem” before important games.
Not to be bested, the U.S. Open men’s and women’s tennis singles finals didn’t even feature the U.S. national anthem.
Instead, the “black national anthem” and “America the Beautiful” were sung. The latter is indeed a beautiful and patriotic song, but the fact is that one “national anthem” was played—and it wasn’t America’s.
As former ESPN anchor Sage Steele wrote on X: “Ahhh… the irony of refusing to allow our national anthem … at the *US* Open. I remain hopeful that we can get back to truly appreciating the greatness of America, but man…this is sad.”
Dennis Prager’s Two Big Lessons Here
The left seeks to destroy America as we have known it. Playing two “national anthems” has no other goal than disuniting Americans. The message of singing the “black national anthem” is as clear as day:There is a black America, and there is the rest of America. That many Americans, especially blacks, welcome this is nothing less than a national tragedy.
There is a black America, and there is the rest of America. That many Americans, especially blacks, welcome this is nothing less than a national tragedy.
High schools, elementary schools, universities, journalism, the nuclear family, young Americans’ mental health, male-female relations, religion, our borders, love of country, medicine, and medical schools—the list includes every noble institution and ideal in our country.
“Lift Every Voice” became the official song of the NAACP, which named it the Black national anthem in 1919. Written in 1900, it focuses on inspiration, hope, and perseverance. Perhaps it isn’t intended to divide.
Enjoy Super Bowl LVIII.