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There is a time and a place

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30.07.2021

By ARMSTRONG WILLIAMS

It is a long-standing tradition to air the national anthem prior to kickoff at football games. Now, the NFL has decided to follow this tradition by playing “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” which is known traditionally to many Black Americans as the Black national anthem.

The song was originally written as a poem in 1900 by author and civil rights activist James Weldon Johnson. The NAACP coined it “the Negro national anthem” in 1919 because of the poem’s powerful affirmation for Black Americans who suffered a violent and tragic history as they struggled for liberation. The song is powerful in that it evokes the biblical Exodus from slavery to the freedom of the “promised land.”

For many non-Black Americans — particularly those who are Christian — it is a well-known hymn. However, the song may understandably be unheard of for many other Americans. However, it is important for all Americans — irrespective of race — to have historical knowledge of the song.

Unfortunately, it is clear once again that the NFL is attempting to placate the woke left and progressive Democrats by adding “Lift Every Voice and Sing” to the beginning of every game after first airing the national anthem. The overwhelming majority of Black Americans believe in the symbolism and........

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