Kari Lake Torches NFL After Backlash from National Anthem Decision at Kickoff

Former gubernatorial contender Kari Lake criticized the NFL on Thursday after the league chose to feature a rendition of the “black national anthem” before the opening game of the season.

A local youth choir performed “Lift Every Voice and Sing” prior to kickoff in Kansas City, drawing boos from the crowd. Christian singer Natalie Grant then sang “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

“I hear the [NFL] is still trying to force this divisive nonsense down America’s throats. I won’t stand for it. Literally,” Lake posted on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter. “America has only ONE National Anthem and that Anthem is color blind.”

Accompanying her post was a picture showing her seated during a performance of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” before Super Bowl LVII in Glendale, Arizona, earlier this year.

Lake told Newsweek, “I’m against a ‘black National Anthem’ for the same reason I am against a ‘white National Anthem,’ a ‘gay National Anthem,’ a ‘straight National Anthem,’ a ‘Jewish National Anthem,’ a ‘Christian National Anthem,’ and so on.”

“We are ONE NATION, under God, Francis Scott Key’s words ring true for every single American Citizen regardless of their skin color,” she added.

The NFL introduced the playing of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” at the start of the 2020 season. The song has been featured in pregame ceremonies before the last three Super Bowls.

While Lake’s refusal to stand for the “black national anthem” drew some criticism at the time, black conservatives rallied behind her.

Former California gubernatorial candidate Larry Elder and Utah Rep. Burgess Owens, a former NFL player, voiced their support for Lake and criticized the concept of a separate anthem based on skin color, according to Fox News.

“I agree with Kari Lake. We have one national anthem, and it’s THE national anthem,” Elder said in a statement.

“I am as opposed to playing both anthems as I am to the term ‘African — [American]’ and to Black History Month. These things are divisive. They imply blacks are somehow separate and apart from American history, tradition, and experience. It suggests continued victimization and oppression when antiblack racism in America has never been more insignificant.”

“Blacks fought and died in every American war, including the Revolutionary War, in which a black man was the first casualty. We ARE American history.”

Burgess agreed, saying the NFL was “working very hard” to divide Americans.

“I will not stand for any other national anthem but our National Anthem, so I’m with Kari Lake,” Burgess said. “I will not be part of dividing our country between Blacks and Whites. I will not do that. I will not be part of it. The NFL has ashamed themselves.”

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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