“Lift Ev’ry Voice And Sing,” traditionally known as the Black national anthem, is expected to be performed live or played before every Week 1 NFL game, and the league is considering a variety of other measures during the upcoming season to recognize victims of police brutality, ESPN reported.
The song would be performed before “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and the NFL’s season opener is scheduled for Sept. 10, with the Kansas City Chiefs hosting the Houston Texans, per ESPN.
ESPN tweeted Thursday “Lift Ev’ry Voice And Sing,” is expected to be performed live or played before every Week 1 NFL game:
— ESPN (@espn) July 2, 2020
ESPN reported that early last month, commissioner Roger Goodell in a video admitted that the league had erred in how it handled peaceful NFL player protests of police brutality and systemic oppression. Goodell condemned racism and affirmed that Black lives matter, pledging his allegiance to the players in the battle for equal justice under the law.
The NFL is also reportedly considering other social justice measures, such as listing the names of victims of alleged police brutality on team uniforms, Breitbart reported.
Meanwhile, ESPN also reported on Friday that the Washington Redskins are likely to change their name, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter, after the team announced Friday it will “undergo a thorough review” of the nickname amid renewed pressure. Continued Below
“In light of recent events around our country and feedback from our community, the Washington Redskins are announcing the team will undergo a thorough review of the team’s name. This review formalizes the initial discussions the team has been having with the league in recent weeks,” the statement said. “… We believe this review can and will be conducted with the best interest of all in mind.”
Following the report that the NFL plans to play “Lift Ev’ry Voice And Sing,”, GOP users on Twitter voiced their annoyance with the NFL, while others responded with the hashtag “#BanNFL”.
Everyone should take a knee during the Black National Anthem
We have a National anthem, it’s for the entire nation. Why are they trying to bring back segregation? So RACIST
Martin Luther King Jr
DID NOT MARCH FOR A BLACK NATIONAL ANTHEM.
— Terrence K. Williams (@w_terrence) July 3, 2020
There is no “black national anthem”. Why does it feel like the country is trying to segregate again sometimes?
— Burgess Owens (@BurgessOwens) July 3, 2020
How many national anthems do we have??
Is there an Hispanic national anthem?
An Asian-American national anthem?
This is asinine. We are ONE America. E Pluribus Unum. https://t.co/nv0djWREnH
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) July 3, 2020
America is one unified nation with one National Anthem.
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) July 3, 2020
— Tim Burchett (@timburchett) July 3, 2020
I didn’t know there were two national anthems— a white and black national anthem. No matter. The NFL can screw itself.https://t.co/KUnUdEsHIH
— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) July 2, 2020
There are many great songs, which mean a lot, to a lot of people, but there is ONLY one National Anthem. The division must stop if there’s any hope for us.
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) July 3, 2020
So, there’s a Black national anthem? Can someone please let American’s know what the White national anthem is? And the Brown national anthem too? Any other Colors of national anthems would be helpful also. Asking for an American Nation.
— Kristy Swanson (@KristySwansonXO) July 3, 2020
There is no such thing as a Black National Anthem.
Stop the pandering.
— Errol Webber For Congress (CA-37) (@ErrolWebber) July 3, 2020
Nothing says “unity” like playing a separate National Anthem for black people and white people at NFL games. 🤡
— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) July 2, 2020
What’s a black National anthem? We all are American. We have one anthem for all! We all built this nation. We have one song. If you don’t like it don’t sing it. If you don’t like America there’s over 200 other countries you are free to move to. United we stand. Divided we fall.
— Kaya Jones (@KayaJones) July 2, 2020
I demand a Jewish-American national anthem before all NFL games. And I demand Jewish quarterbacks & wide receivers & coaches too. Otherwise you’re “RACIST.” I have a much longer list of demands & grievances available for public viewing. How freaking stupid is NFL?
— Wayne Allyn Root (@RealWayneRoot) July 3, 2020
If you wanna lose fans in Pittsburgh, and Wisconsin, and Texas, and Florida, in the Carolinas, and anywhere people have a brain… if you want to destroy pro football… then go ahead and NFL slit your own throat. Have fun without us! #NFL https://t.co/uxa97cHfOX
— Graham Ledger (@GrahamLedger) July 3, 2020
NFL players make millions a year playing a game. Don’t lecture us about how evil America is. #BoycottNFL
— JT Lewis (@thejtlewis) July 3, 2020
How many of you gave up on the @NFL today?
— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) July 3, 2020
Let me get this straight. NFL players are going to stand for a fake national anthem and kneel for the real one?
— thebradfordfile™ (@thebradfordfile) July 3, 2020
Will they be taking a Knee during the Black National Anthem in the NFL?
— Matt Couch 🎙 (@RealMattCouch) July 3, 2020
I’d rather watch an elephant take a dump than watch the NFL.
— Catturd ™ (@catturd2) July 3, 2020