The NFL and the Black National Anthem: Should We Take a Knee?

How could the NFL’s decision to play the Black national anthem (“Lift Every Voice and Sing”) at games promote unity?

For many Americans and die-hard sports fans, outrage to the NFL’s decision to include the Black national anthem in the pregame ceremonies during Week 1 of the season was immediate.

Ted Cruz was among the outraged, calling the decision “asinine.”

“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,” he wrote.

He isn’t wrong.

In fact, if we are going to slice and dice our nation into its various subcultures at sporting events, I propose another anthem might make more sense. A song for the millions of slaughtered unborn children should resound in stadiums all over the nation. Or how about songs of justice for abused children and spouses? Victims of human trafficking?

After we have finished singing songs to, for and about all of the maligned people groups and handily created sharp division between them all, many hours later, we could finally play some football.

The Deep Grief of Racism

It should be terribly grieving to every American, and certainly to every Christian, when any person is the target of hatred. My family and I live in Branson, Missouri, a stunningly beautiful tourist destination that’s filled to overflowing with people of great character, faith, love and old-fashioned morals. Out of any place in the nation we could have chosen to live, we chose Branson, and we’d do it all over again. This is home.

I was saddened recently when a small, peaceful protest produced hate speech from one impassioned lady. Her disgusting message has since been blasted over media all around the world. This lady doesn’t represent the legacy and culture of this supremely family town. Yet, her squeaky wheel received the attention. She wounded our town. She misrepresented Branson and the amazing pillars of our community. To her credit, she did later apologize, but the damage has been done.

The point? The feelings, beliefs and actions of one person, or a subset of people, do not by default represent the whole. What we have in our nation today are barrels full of grease being shot super-soaker style toward those with the loudest voices. This is no way to defeat racism, division, hatred, inequality or any number of other negatives.

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SOURCE: Charisma News