Monday, July 7, 2008
Black National Anthem? What?
So in case you haven't heard this story, perhaps this article will catch you up to speed (must read first). I cannot think of anything that is more promotional to the separating of us as American's than to think that we are a divided group of citizens in our own sub-country with a different national anthem. Is it that I don't believe that "blacks" should have the ability to express themselves, their culture or their history? Or that the song is a bad song.... not hardly. However, when you are invited to sing the national anthem of THIS country, I suggest not surprising everyone with a racist demonstration (not in the anti-white sense, but the promotion or separation of a race sense) .
The song is called "Lift Every Voice and Sing." The song itself is a really nice song. Quite beautiful actually. The one thing I like the most about it is how reliant and respectful it can be toward God and the spirit of unification it was originally intended to embrace. It was never really written to be the "black" national anthem. Guess who dubbed it thus? You guessed it, the NAACP. Way to screw up a good thing! Even back in the 1920's they didn't know how to "advance" colored people (stop calling them colored people for starters). Originally, it was a heartfelt poem set to music like many other songs. However, I wish to make clear, a national anthem is the song of a nation or country, not a race.
Was it bad timing for singer Rene Marie? Well she gets her moment of fame I guess. Too bad she is now labeled as an unprofessional, unreliable, disrespectful performer. Whether it was bad timing or not it certainly was bad form.
For those that haven't heard the song, below is a favorable video clip of a performance of the song (not the performance in question). You can read the lyrics and learn the history here on wiki.