Conservatives Criticize NFL for Incorporating “Black National Anthem” in Super Bowl LVIII, Affirming Existence of Current National Anthem

Controversy Erupts Over Inclusion of “Black National Anthem” at Super Bowl LVIII
While many praised Reba McEntire’s rendition of the National Anthem at Super Bowl LVIII, the performance of “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” often referred to as the “Black National Anthem,” by Andra Day sparked controversy.

Critics, predominantly from the right, argued that the NFL’s decision to incIude the song was politically charged and divisive, contrary to the unifying purpose of the National Anthem. Conservative podcast host Megan Kelly expressed her disapproval, stating, “The so-called Black National Anthem does not belong at the Super Bowl. We already have a National Anthem and it includes EVERYONE.”

This stance ignited a heated debate in the comments section, with some agreeing with Kelly’s sentiments and others defending the song’s historical and culturaI significance. One commenter highlighted its Christian roots and refused to view it as a repIacement for the National Anthem.

Prominent conservative figures like CJ Pearson and Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz also weighed in, with Pearson emphasizing the importance of unity under one national anthem and Gaetz humorously expressing his skepticism about the inclusion of the song.

Despite differing opinions, the controversy surrounding “Lift Every Voice and Sing” reflects broader discussions about patriotism, identity, and inclusion in American society.