Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) recently made controversial comments criticizing football fans who attended the Super Bowl and chose not to stand for the performance of “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” which he referred to as the “Negro National Anthem.” As a representative from Tennessee, Cohen lashed out on social media, shaming the Super Bowl crowd for what he perceived as a lack of respect. It seems like Cohen just can’t resist stirring the pot and trying to paint a negative picture of patriotic Americans.
This song, performed by singer Andra Day, was one of several performed before kickoff, alongside the national anthem and “America the Beautiful.” However, no attendees were specifically asked to stand for attention before these songs began. Yet, Cohen took it upon himself to publicly shame those who didn’t stand during “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”
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In addition to Cohen’s remarks, the footage of the crowd behind Day revealed that many fans, including several black people, were not standing for the performance of “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” It’s clear that not everyone saw this as the “must-stand” moment Cohen portrayed it to be.
Unsurprisingly, the performance sparked criticism from several prominent conservatives, including journalist Megyn Kelly and Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL). Kelly pointed out that the United States already has a national anthem that includes everyone, while Gaetz flat-out refused to watch the game because the song was set to be performed. These conservatives made it clear that they prioritize unity and refuse to entertain any divisive attempts like the one made at the Super Bowl.
On the other side, Rep. Ritchie Torres (D-NY) expressed support for the performance, claiming that the black national anthem “has been a part of our nation’s history since the early 20th century.” This is just another example of the left trying to divide Americans by almost forcing them to pay homage to a song that doesn’t represent our entire nation.
To add insult to injury, Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) apparently floated the idea of making the black national anthem the hymn of the United States in 2021. Can you believe that? The left’s continuous effort to push this agenda only serves to create more division and resentment among Americans. It’s clear that they’re trying to rewrite history and force their radical ideas on the rest of us. But true Americans refuse to let them tear our country apart.