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Black national anthem to be performed at Super Bowl, NFL announcement promotes divisive debate

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A controversial decision affecting next month’s Super Bowl LVIII game has ignited fierce debate on social media.

Grammy-winning R&B singer Andra Day has been scheduled as part of the entertainment lineup for the pregame activities at this year’s Super Bowl set to be played at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Sunday, Feb. 11.

Day will reportedly deliver a rendition of “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” which is called the black national anthem.

“Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter, activist and acclaimed actress Andra Day will sing ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing,'” the league announced. “The national anthem and ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’ will be produced and arranged by Emmy Award-winning Musical Director/Producer Adam Blackstone.”

The lineup also includes Reba McEntire singing the actual national anthem and Post Malone delivering his rendition of “America the Beautiful.”

Beginning with Super Bowl LV in 2021, “Lift Every Voice and Sing” has been played at each annual championship game since then, setting off praise and criticism alike.

This year’s announcement was met with an outcry as well, as many took to social media to slam the pandering. Of course, supporters of the NFL’s decision, like the 1619 Project’s Nikole Hannah-Jones argued there is already a “White national anthem.”

“The white national anthem is played. It was written by a racist enslaver who believed Black people were inferior and fought abolitionists in the courts,” she wrote on X in response to a user comment as she denigrated Francis Scott Key’s “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Others, however, were vocal about their disagreement with the league.

“Of course, in reality, the black national anthem is performed at every Super Bowl, because The Star-Spangled Banner is the anthem of ALL Americans. The effort to create a ‘black national anthem,’ and a ‘black Independence Day’ in Juneteenth, is part of a wider project to divide Americans up by race,” conservative commentator Charlie Kirk wrote on X.

“Bro, we’re American. Why tf do we need Lift Every Voice and Sing?” one user wrote on X in response to a post by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

“When did Lift Every Voice become a part of our history? We have one national anthem if you’re an American. This nonsense is another reason people stopped watching @NFL,” another wrote.

“Sigh… While they’re at it, how about the University of Michigan fight song?” asked radio host Larry Elder.

The criticism and questioning of the NFL’s move continued to pour in on social media.

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