An event for the celebration of Independence Day at the nation’s Capitol featured the singing of the ‘Black National Anthem.’
Organizers of the event apparently forgot that civil rights activists marched and bled to ensure than black people would not be separate in America.
The decision was panned on social media.
The Wrap reports:
Vanessa Williams Sings ‘Black National Anthem’ at ‘A Capitol Fourth’ Event, Ruffles Feathers
Vanessa Williams’ performance of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” alongside “The Star-Spangled Banner” at PBS’ annual “A Capitol Fourth” celebration has rubbed many on social media the wrong way, as the song is widely known as the “Black national anthem.”
As news of the pre-recorded performance hit Twitter on Saturday, people began to blast the upcoming special as “racist” and promoting “segregationism.” Specifically, many took the use of the phrase “Black national anthem” in The Hill’s coverage of the event to mean that the 4th of July will no longer represent all Americans.
Check out some of the reactions:
We have one national anthem… pic.twitter.com/pLFbB28OIJ
— Steve Cortes (@CortesSteve) July 3, 2021
Vanessa honey, a BLACK national anthem is something a Black African Country would have, not a country like America that exists for everyone 🇺🇸🤦🏾♀️ https://t.co/ZLt8kZLRSU
— Lavern Spicer (@lavern_spicer) July 3, 2021
Who’s singing the Asian and Latino ones?
— Dan Madia (@Daniel_G_Madia) July 3, 2021
— 🇺🇸Col. Rob Maness ret. (@RobManess) July 3, 2021
It it possible to have a “Black National Anthem” and still expect to have unity ? 🤔 https://t.co/lZYEsuxdGX
— Dash Riprock 🇺🇸 (@PhilMcCrackin44) July 3, 2021
I 100% refuse to recognize the black national anthem. We are one nation, under God and indivisible. There are no separate national anthems.
— Texas Cow Puncher (@texan40) July 3, 2021
Is this more of that supposed ‘unity’ that Biden was talking about?