Bill Maher Goes Off on NFL's Inclusion of Two National Anthems

Two national anthems were played before Thursday night's NFL season opener between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Dallas Cowboys, which has drawn the ire of "Real Time" host Bill Maher.

Maher let his opinion be known on Friday night in the wake of the NFL playing, 'Lift Every Voice and Sing', otherwise known as the Black National Anthem.

"I saw last night on the football game, Alicia Keys sang ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing,' which now I hear is called the Black national anthem," Maher said. "Now, maybe we should get rid of our national anthem, but I think we should have one national anthem.

"I think when you go down a road where you're having two different national anthems, colleges sometimes now have … many of them have different graduation ceremonies for Black and White, separate dorms -- this is what I mean! Segregation! You've inverted the idea. We're going back to that under a different name."

Maher makes a valid point, which is: how are we striving for more equality yet playing separate national anthems for two separate races in one country?

The whole notion of it is a farce, a misunderstood idea of inclusion. Maher, who identifies as a liberal, blasted the left for embarrassing him.

"To me, when people say to me sometimes, like, ‘Boy, you really go after the left these days. Why?’ Because you're embarrassing me," Maher said. "That's why I'm going after the left in a way you never did before. Because you're inverting things that I- I'm not going to give up on being liberal! This is what these teachers are talking about. You're taking children and making them hyper-aware of race in a way they wouldn't otherwise be!" 

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Nick Geddes is a 2021 graduate of the University of Central Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. A life-long sports enthusiast, Nick shares a passion for sports writing and is proud to represent OutKick.