By Ms. Arelya J. Mitchell, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief
The Mid-South Tribune
What was once known as the Negro National Anthem has been weaponized in the 21st Century. The latest in taking what is presently known as the Black National Anthem is the NFL’s decision to play both the National Anthem and the Black National Anthem at the beginning of its games. This is yet another example of PC appeasement based on ignorance and mollifying a bunch of spoiled multi-millionaire Black NFL players under the guise of Equity and social justice.
First of all, I doubt very seriously if Roger Goodell until recently had even heard of the Black National Anthem or that the official name of the anthem is “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” which is a poem written by James Weldon Johnson in 1900 (and pre-dates the NFL by 20 years). The poem was set to music in 1905 by his brother J. Rosamond Johnson to celebrate the birthday of President Abraham Lincoln. Yes, it was Ole Abe himself, a Republican, the author of the Emancipation Proclamation, and the WHITE man who was responsible for the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments, who had this honor bestowed on him by two Black men who actually lived under Jim Crow and were about 10 years short of being born into slavery. You see, when it came to ending slavery both Black and White worked to get it done, just as was done to end Jim Crow in the 1960’s.
Generations of Black parents, citizens, teachers, preachers passed the song down to be a hymn of hope and “marching on until victory was won.” The goal was to get this nation to live up to its moral contract of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments. That victory was finally won with the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Bill. But now, Goodell in the 21st Century has taken it upon himself to become the Great White Hunter leading a tribe of Black NFL players in the PC jungle to “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” a song my generation knew and sang but certainly did not think of as a replacement of the National Anthem or become propaganda for a socialist-Marxist movement inside Big Sports.
Of Course, Black Lives Matter (BLM), a Marxist group, has threatened numerous times to destroy the Lincoln Memorial, that historical marker where the March on Washington took place. All of the suddenly Lincoln is hated and King’s Dream is viewed unobtainable—not by Whites but young Blacks who view victimization as a rite of passage and not as a circumstance to ‘overcome’. When BLM came on the scene, we, too, thought this organization would be about working with the community and policemen to make for a safer community. BLM had no website at the time, and later we wondered why BLM was becoming so hostile towards Whites and even Blacks who did not think as they. Then, we discovered the reason when BLM’s first website went live. What was on the site since has been scrubbed, but not before we were able to download their philosophy: BLM has pledged its allegiance to Marxism and communism. It is anti-male. It is anti-White male, it is anti-family, it is anti-Black fathers. It thrives on chaos and rage.
Presently, BLM supports the Critical Race Theory (CRT). Not only as a veteran journalist but also as a political scientist, I knew right off what this theory was and what it entailed. In previous editorials, we have condemned the NEA (National Education Association) and AFT (American Federation of Teachers) for their pro-CRT policy and their embrace of BLM. CRT teaches that the Black child is the oppressed (the victim) and the White child is the oppressor (translates into ‘massa’) and these two roles are inherent and will always be the reason why systemic racism in America will be everlasting.
CRT, BLM, and the weaponization of “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” are about separation and reinstituting Black codes under the guise of systemic racism in America when systemic racism is no longer legal. That’s what the Civil Rights Movement was all about—making sure once and for all that systemic racism (aka Jim Crow) was no longer a legal framework. Of course, there will always be those who discriminate or who do not like Blacks—but these are not the point. Someone needs to inform Goodell that Black Americans do not need an NFL Great White Hunter to lead a tribe of Black elitist football players to aid and abet in re-segregating America in the name of BLM-Marxists whose main objective is to feminize males and replace a patriarchy at the expense of the family unit. In fact, Goodell is advocating that players put on their helmets names of Blacks who died or who were abused by police brutality. The NFL Great White Hunter Goodell would do better to advocate that names of Black children who have been killed or maimed by Black thugs be placed on the helmets. A four-month-old Black baby was shot in the head by Black thugs, but through the grace of God Almighty, still lives. Put this baby’s name on a helmet.
Presently, BLM-Marxists’ target is to eliminate the White male utilizing white supremacy propaganda (even the teaching of math is white supremacy). Of course, this is no more than any war tactic found from ancient times to present which is to destroy and eliminate the dominant male regardless of what race, color, or creed that male is. This is no more than what happened during slavery when the Black male had to be destroyed or rendered powerless (which also was done in LBJ’s War on Poverty when Black fathers were pushed out of the household.) These tactics are being employed to advance socialism (communism and Marxism) in the United States. So, why not denigrate the National Anthem by destroying the historical significance of “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” to push forth BLM propaganda?
NFL owners need to man up, because the little White boy in the capacity of Commissioner has yet to grow up and smell the Communism. Goodell needs counseling, because I am seriously suspecting that not only does he want to be the Great White Hunter but a Great Black quarterback. So, what’s in it for Goodell and the NFL? To embrace BLM to appease the Chinese Communist Party for NFL deals to continue Mao Zedong’s “Great Leap Forward” – but where? Into American Communism via Democrat Party Socialism and BLM-Marxism with some Hegelian dialectical flair? (As a side note: It is interesting that the NFL condones BLM which believes that masculinity is male toxicity. Does not the NFL epitomize masculinity? Why would one advocate for his own demise?)
See, I don’t want to hear Goodell lament about how the NFL needs Black players as an excuse for making his decision. No, the NFL needs talented players. If you don’t like what color skin God gave you, then take it up with the devil.
The NFL would exist without Black players. It was existing before Black players when it began in 1920. By the same token, the NFL would exist without White players. There are other ethnic groups who can play football. As a matter of fact, the NFL can recruit in other failed socialist-communist nations where young men would jump at the chance to play in the NFL and become ‘real’ American citizens. Try South Africa (which I predicted would become a Third World Nation when the socialists took over; thus, it’s come to fruition.) or Cuba or former communist-socialist-run Eastern European countries or better yet, try the ‘hood’ or Appalachian communities in this country. But the NFL would not exist without the fans, and ironically– if I might be so bold—without the White fans. This is why along with our No Coke No Woke campaign, we had strongly suggested that there should be a Whiteout Week or more where no White fans (consumers) showed up and/or refused to buy tickets. Then, let us see how long the NFL would last or how long Roger Goodell will keep his ‘capitalistic’ salary or how long these spoiled Black brat multi-millionaire players will keep their ‘capitalistic’ salaries. We also strongly support the Consumers Research Organization’s ‘WokaCola’ campaign and its ads which can be seen on YouTube and at AlwaysWokaCola.com, because we, too, can no longer stomach this war Big Sports and Big Corporations have teamed up on to go against American consumers without whom they would have no companies. The NFL was born in America—not China and not under communism and socialism.
We get an earful every day from Black people who in the words of the famous Fannie Lou Hamer, are getting ‘sick and tired of being sick and tired’ of these Black rich athletes who do more bitching than any group in America who actually lived under slavery and segregation or who now live in neighborhoods where the Black male thug is the nouveau oppressor (massa). These are the silent Black majority of the minority. They get neither the voice nor support from mainstream media. Most of these wealthy Black NFL players have enough cash to buy a one-way private jet ticket to take their black asses wherever they want—if they’re suffering that damn much. And, as for Roger Goodell, he needs to sit his white ass down and be grateful he has enough White fans to keep his multi-million-dollar salary going.
The USA produces more Black millionaires and multi-millionaires than any nation in the world. It has the distinction of having produced a sizable middle class to keep this nation from falling into The Haves and Have Nots economic model.
The United States is ONE nation with ONE National Anthem. From Black American to Native American to Italian American to Irish American to Asian American—we are all Americans first and foremost. Every World War and Conflict this nation has been involved in was fought to save America and to savor Freedom and yes, to “Lift ev’ry voice and sing til Earth and Heaven ring…”
Yes, this beautiful, dynamic poem also invokes Black history and the pain of slavery and segregation which must not be forgotten but never, ever be used as an excuse not to achieve. As I’ve always said, “Socialism is a lazy man’s capitalism.” All Americans who have brought us in to the 21st Century can and must continue to “Lift ev’ry voice and sing, ‘Til earth and heaven ring, Ring with the harmonies of Liberty; Let our rejoicing rise…High as the list’ning skies…Let it resound loud as the rolling sea…Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us …Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us…Facing the rising sun of our new day begun…Let us march on ’til victory is won…”
In spite of America’s flaws (for there is no perfect nation), ‘Victory’ has been won. The Johnson brothers from over a century ago would be proud of America and even of the NFL to see how far we’ve come as a nation and in a sport which once thought a Black quarterback could not exist.