Twitter Rips NFL’s Dual National Anthem Approach

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Week 1 of the NFL season debuted with a matchup featuring America’s team and America’s champs.

Before kickoff was underway between the Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers though, the league showcased its first dual-anthem introduction by playing “Lift Every Voice And Sing” prior to “The Star-Spangled Banner.” “Lift Every Voice” originates from a 1905 poem by civil rights activist James Weldon Johnson.

Now two anthems (and counting) have been implemented, but the NFL and Roger Goodell’s mission to lead an all-inclusive league has rubbed a number fans the wrong way. Many see it as a form of pandering to the PC mob comprised of the lingering Kaepernick fan base and those who supported last year’s protests following the death of George Floyd.

After a summer of rampant racial protests in 2020, Goodell announced the decision to play the complementary anthem before every league game. “We, the National Football League, believe Black lives matter. … Without Black players there would be no National Football League,” declared the commissioner.

He added, “[T]he protests around the country are emblematic of the centuries of silence, inequality and oppression of Black players, coaches, fans and staff.”

Reactions across Twitter panned the new “Black National Anthem,” calling the split ceremonies a blatant separation of festivities for white and black Americans, and a slippery slope for more songs to be introduced rather than committing to the established all-inclusive national anthem.

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Written by Alejandro Avila

Alejandro Avila lives in Southern California and previously covered news for the LA Football Network. Jeopardy expert and grumpy sports fan that has watched every movie.


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  1. So dumb. We are ONE nation. There is ONE national anthem. By playing that other song they are buying into the bullshit that these grievance peddlers push. If you don’t think the national anthem represents you than that is on you. Maybe you should leave or find out what is causing the hatred inside of you. This is the greatest country on the planet. We strive to be great and when we see injustice we speak up and want it address. These types see injustice in everything and we shouldn’t play along.

  2. Lifelong Broncos fan, but I didn’t watch any NFL last year and I won’t watch it this year either. The only way we make our preference understood by dipshits like Goodell is to lower TV ratings and thereby NFL income. Eventually, they will get it.

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