When the National Anthem Protests started in the NFL, players started by taking a knee.
Fast forward a couple seasons and one Pandemic later, and now some teams are simply walking off the field before the Anthem plays.
Like the Houston Texans.
Two very different approaches to the national anthem to start the NFL season -- the Houston Texans left the field while the KC Chiefs linked arms on the goal line.
It all went down Thursday evening before the NFL's highly publicized season opener at Arrowhead Stadium in KC.
The entire Houston Texans team -- which had been warming up on the field -- walked back into the team locker room for both the Star-Spangled Banner and "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing," commonly known as the Black national anthem."
As noted above, the team claims they didn't want to appear biased in their approaches to our National Anthem and the song now being played at games along side it.
That song is called "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing," otherwise known as "The Black National Anthem."
After acknowledging for the first time this summer it previously mishandled player protests during the national anthem, the NFL decided to play "Lift Every Voice And Sing" before every Week 1 game this year. The song is often referred to as the Black national anthem because of its historic importance to Black culture in the U.S.
Reactions to the NFL's anthem plan have been mixed. For some critics, the playing of two anthems is an overreaction to backlash the league has received for stifling prior protests. For others, the NFL is not going far enough to meaningfully support a Black Lives Matter movement that had been largely ignored by corporate America until it became socially convenient to embrace.
Regardless, the playing of the Black national anthem should be educational to wide swaths of Americans unfamiliar with the song and its background. It is expected to be televised, at least during upcoming Thursday and Sunday night games, and might add to the dialogue between sports and social justice issues."
The only question I have seems obvious:
If we are supposedly trying to unify our country, why are we playing two SEPARATE songs?
The Star Bangled Banner isn't known as the White National Anthem, so why are we singing a "Black" one at games?
To divide us, of course.
At any rate, why would the Texans be concerned with seeming biased towards one and not the other?
Can't they stand in respect for both?
The answer is seemingly know.
And the NFL isn't quite ready to reveal to their audiences that they are pushing to lift The Black National Anthem above the secular and beautiful Star Spangled Banner.